VAPE: A Program Designed to Screen and Educate Pediatric Patients about Electronic Cigarettes

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Miller, Sarah S.
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Vaping , Pediatric Population , Providers , Screening Tool , Quality Improvement
The purpose of this project was to determine if a quality improvement (QI) project, known as the Vaping Assessment and Provider Education (VAPE) program, could improve assessment and education about vaping in the pediatric population. The QI project involved using a vaping screening tool at every well-child visit for patients 11-18 years old. To examine providers’ views on vaping and the effectiveness of the screening tool, they were also interviewed. A retrospective chart review was done before VAPE was introduced to determine the number of children ages 11-18 years who were assessed for and educated about vaping. Providers were educated about short- and long-term health effects, and how to use the screening tool. The tool was implemented at each well-child visit among those who met the criteria. Following implementation of the tool, providers were interviewed. The primary outcome was for providers to utilize a system-wide screening tool to identify the risk behavior (vaping in children ages 11-18). The secondary outcomes were to increase the number of children assessed for vaping, increase the number of children educated about vaping, and use content analysis to analyze providers’ views on the tool and vaping. The QI project resulted in a statistically significant increase in the number of children assessed for vaping, as well as those educated about e-cigarettes and their harmful effects.