Awareness and use of telephone-based behaviour change support services among clients of a community mental health service

Caitlin Fehily, Joanna Latter, Kate Bartlem, John Wiggers, Tegan Bradley, Chris Rissel, Kate Reakes, Kate Reid, Ellen Browning, Jenny Bowman

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Abstract

Objective: To determine the prevalence of, and factors associated with, awareness and use of telephone-based behaviour change support services among clients of a community mental health service. Methods: Adult clients (n=375) of one Australian community mental health service completed a telephone interview and self-reported not meeting Australian National Guidelines for smoking, nutrition, alcohol consumption and/or physical activity. Descriptive statistics summarised awareness and use of the New South Wales Quitline® and Get Healthy Service® for participants with lifestyle risk factors addressed by each service. Chi-squares and logistic regressions explored associations between client characteristics, and service awareness and use. Results: Awareness (16.1%) and use (1.9%) of the Get Healthy Service was lower than that of Quitline (89.1%; 18.1%). Television was the most common source of awareness (39.7% Get Healthy Service; 74.0% Quitline). In the regression models, persons in a relationship were more likely to have heard of the Get Healthy Service (OR:2.19, CI:1.15–4.18), and persons aged 36–50 were more likely to have used the Quitline (OR:5.22, CI:1.17–23.37). Conclusions: Opportunities exist for increasing awareness and use of both services, particularly the Get Healthy Service, among clients of community mental health services. Implications for public health: Strategies to optimise reach for this population group are recommended.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)482-488
Number of pages7
JournalAustralian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health
Volume44
Issue number6
Early online date26 Oct 2020
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2020
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • chronic disease prevention
  • mental health conditions
  • risk behaviours
  • telephone services

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