FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 9/30/2019
[Chapel Hill, NC – September 30, 2019] – Clinical Tools, Inc. won a $200K Phase I SBIR grant from the National Institutes of Health to begin development of Clinical Encounters: Vaping – Case-based Skills Training for Health Professionals to Decrease Vaping Behavior in Adolescents and Young Adults. Clinical Encounters: Vaping will be an online, case-based training activity for health professionals to learn how to assess, diagnose, and treat adolescents and young adults for vaping behavior.
From 2017 to 2018, rates of e-cigarette use by high school students almost doubled to 1 in 5, and in middle school students, the rate increased to 1 in 20. Over 1 in 5 high school seniors reported past-year use of a vaping device in 2018 and almost 1 in 7 vape cannabis. Over 1/3 of young adults have used e-cigarettes, placing them at risk for a lifetime of addiction to nicotine. Yet health care providers lack the skills, training, and resources to reverse these trends.
The training will include simulated patient cases with which the learner can interact and practice their patient-centered treatment skills as they go through the steps of a common patient encounter. In addition, supporting learning materials will be available to enforce the key points of vaping treatment among adolescents and young adults.
About Clinical Tools and Health Impact Studio:
Clinical Tools, Inc. (CTI) is a diverse group with expertise in medicine, psychology, public health, basic sciences, programming, project and program management, gaming, information technology, and communications. Based in Chapel Hill, the company has a 20+ year history of success with SBIRT-developed products.
Health Impact Studio, a division of Clinical Tools, utilizes gaming technology to create healthy lifestyle change. The company combines expertise from medicine, psychology, public health with gaming, to create innovative games to positively impact health. Health Impact Studio creates games for healthcare professionals, medical students, and the general public on topics like obesity, addiction, and nutrition.
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Founder, President, and Vision Leader: Bradley Tanner, MD, ME