NURS FPX 6026 Assessment 3 Population Health Policy Advocacy
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NURS FPX 6026 Assessment 3 Letter to the Editor- Population Health Policy Advocacy

NURS FPX 6026 Assessment 3 Letter to the Editor- Population Health Policy Advocacy

Student Name

Capella University

NURS-FPX 6026 Biopsychosocial Concepts for Advanced Nursing Practice 2

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Date

Title

The Pressing Need for the Development of Policy to Promote Tobacco Cessation Plans and Tobacco Control Among Adolescents and Adults

Authors

[Your Name], [Your Qualifications], [Your Affiliation]

Keywords

Tobacco use, tobacco control, curriculum-based tobacco control, tobacco cessation plan, tobacco control policy, adolescents and tobacco control, 

Evaluation of the Current State of Quality of Care and Outcomes

Tobacco use is an emerging public trend that affects all age groups, particularly adolescents and adults. The current care quality for tobacco users includes a plethora of online information created to raise awareness among the population to reduce tobacco use and prevent addiction to tobacco. Moreover, some healthcare organizations have also implemented tobacco control programs by promoting cessation programs. But due to the generalized and poor implementation interventions without a patient-centered approach, these care treatments lack evident effectiveness of intentional tobacco quitting [1].

Furthermore, the lack of curriculum-based tobacco control in all educational institutions leads to an increased rate of tobacco use among adolescents. The health outcomes of this care treatment plan result in poor resistance to tobacco control, the onset of tobacco-associated diseases, and the impact of tobacco on individuals surrounding active tobacco users. Information on the dangers of tobacco use must be adequate to find that tobacco use completely vanishes. But this requires further data and metric systems to evaluate whether this information has been positively impactful among tobacco users or lingering there as just a piece of information. These knowledge gaps and missing information require further research to improve the evaluation of the quality of care and outcomes for tobacco use and its prevention.

Analyzing the Necessity of Health Policy Development and Advocacy

Evaluating the current state of quality of care and health outcomes necessitates the development of health policy and advocacy. The current state of quality of care due to poor implementation of tobacco cessation plans and lack of curriculum-based tobacco control, the rates of tobacco use in adolescents and adults are rising to a vicious extent. Furthermore, secondhand smoke from tobacco smoking has been impacting the community individuals enormously, leading to tobacco-associated diseases like heart disease, lung cancer, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.. Such a collapsed system requires an improved and revised health policy that suffices these demands and brings valuable changes in tobacco users’ lives.

NURS FPX 6026 Assessment 3 Population Health Policy Advocacy

The suggested health policy will foster a tobacco-free environment where active and non-active tobacco users will have a healthy life without tobacco-related health implications. The areas of uncertainty identified include the need for knowledge on how many schools will actively participate in curriculum-based tobacco control policy development. Furthermore, the uncertainty of parental participation in regulating tobacco control and institutional-based efforts to control tobacco is another knowledge gap that requires clarity in policy development. Additionally, the overall resistance to change among adults is another primary knowledge gap hindering policy development and implementation.

Justification for the Proposed Policy

The proposed policy for preventing tobacco use among adolescents and adults could improve the quality of care and outcomes in the target population. This policy covers the most vulnerable age groups to tobacco use, i.e., adolescents and adults. The early prevention of tobacco use among adolescents will prevent them from experiencing long-term consequences on health, such as the onset of chronic diseases like hypertension, heart attack, and respiratory issues. Furthermore, tobacco cessation plans such as cessation counseling through education can motivate active tobacco users to quit and promote healthy living, improving the quality of care and outcomes as the burden on healthcare systems is reduced due to tobacco-relevant diseases [2].

Therefore, the health policy of integrating curriculum-based tobacco-control programs and tobacco cessation plans will be vital in improving the quality of care and outcomes for tobacco use among adolescents and adults. However, other perspectives on implementing this health policy may include the uncertainty of attaining desired objectives among adolescents and adults within a particular time window. Furthermore, implementing this health policy requires ample resources and appropriate allocation to derive tobacco-cessation plans and control programs into practical actions with expected outcomes [3]. Additionally, integrating tobacco-control programs within the institutional curriculum may require staff training on tobacco education and a complete framework to deliver it age-appropriate so young minds do not confront nuisance in comprehending the education on tobacco use. These perspectives should be a good influence on the effective implementation of the policy. To improve the quality of care and outcomes among the population these policies are helpful.

Advocacy for Policy Development in Other Care Settings

Tobacco use is not confined to a particular niche but is broadly expanded to hospitals, educational institutions, workplace environments, restaurants, and homes. Therefore, it is imperative to develop similar health policies in other care settings and environments to maximize the reduced rates of tobacco use. A zero-tolerance policy on tobacco use in hospitals can lead to a tobacco-free environment in healthcare settings to avoid secondhand exposure of patients to tobacco smoke and improve the quality of care [4]. Moreover, integrating this policy into universities can be accomplished by defining certain penalties or warning letters to parents to create a tobacco-free environment in the institutions and prevent adults from developing these health-deteriorating habits. 

Furthermore, workplace tobacco control is necessary to provide all workers with a tobacco-free working environment so that no compromise on their health occurs. This calls for health policy development in workplaces to promote the prohibition of using tobacco products within a working organization. This wide policy development can help improve tobacco control, and more individuals can quit using tobacco by enforcing these policies all over the care settings and various environments. Restaurants can also foster a healthy, tobacco-free environment by developing a no-tobacco use policy in their settings [5]. By developing and implementing the wider policy, tobacco use will be reduced, and a healthier community can be procured and sustained to improve the community’s economy as fewer tobacco-relevant diseases will be diagnosed and require care treatment.

NURS FPX 6026 Assessment 3 Population Health Policy Advocacy

Developing and implementing policies for multiple care settings may become challenging for reasons such as nicotine resistance, lack of support, and resource limitation. The psychological dependence on nicotine as a coping mechanism to relieve stress and anxiety disorders creates resistance to change among adults, making it challenging to adhere to the developed policy. Furthermore, environmental support from family and peers plays a huge role in quitting tobacco. The lack of peer support indulged in the same habit of tobacco use may make it challenging for users who intentionally want to give into this habit. Lastly, adequate resources are required to implement cessation plans and curriculum-based tobacco control, which may limit the applicability of this policy during resource constraints.

Inter-professional Aspects of the Developed Policy

The inter-professional team approach is crucial in promoting tobacco control in institutions for adolescents and procuring tobacco cessation plans for adults to quit using tobacco products. The collaborative effort of the inter-professional team supports the efficient and effective attainment of desired outcomes for the target population as they pinpoint the age-appropriate educational agenda to teach young adolescents leading to reduced rates of tobacco use among adolescents. Furthermore, the rate of tobacco-associated diseases will decrease as the inter-professional team endeavors to promote tobacco cessation plans in adults, leading to a healthier community with less exposure to secondhand smoke in case of tobacco smoking.

NURS FPX 6026 Assessment 3 Population Health Policy Advocacy

The areas of uncertainty and ambiguity persist in securing an efficient inter-professional collaboration, for instance, the ambiguity on whether all the inter-professional team members are on the same consensus or have disagreements and how these disagreements are tackled. Furthermore, whether there are communication barriers and, if yes, through which strategies they are overcome are the ambiguous points that require further research for clarity in undermining inter-professional collaboration aspects for developed policy to support the effective and efficient achievement of desired outcomes for the target population.

Conclusion

Tobacco use is an emerging trend impacting populations of all age groups in various ways. Appropriate and timely tobacco control requires policy development and implementation. This letter focuses on the health policy on curriculum-based tobacco control programs, particularly for adolescents, and promoting tobacco cessation plans for adults. We request further research and a dissertation on this vast topic of controlling the immense use of tobacco, calling for a dire need for policy development and implementation to improve public health. As empathetic and compassionate of care, we must dive deeper into this area of research to provide credible knowledge to the public to bring a broad and positive change in their health.

References
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  1. Romano I, Costello MJ, Ropp C, et al. Evaluating the short-term Impact of a tobacco-free Policy in an Inpatient Addiction Treatment Setting. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment. 2019;107:50-59. doi:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jsat.2019.09.007
  1. Riza Y, Budiarto W, Haksama S, et al. Determinants of Participation in the Implementation of Non-smoking Area Policies for Restaurant and Cafe Managers in Indonesia. Journal of Public Health in Africa. Published online May 25, 2023. doi:https://doi.org/10.4081/jphia.2023.2557
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