Factors associated with success of smokefree initiatives in Australian psychiatric inpatient units: Lessons for progressing smokefree mental health in the UK

Sharon Lawn, Jonathan Campion

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    Abstract

    Internationally, there is increasing pressure on psychiatric care settings to adopt smoke-free policy. This study examined smoke-free policy across psychiatric inpatient settings in Australia and aimed to identify factors that may contribute to success or failure of smoke-free initiatives to better inform best practice in this important area. Semi-structured in-depth telephone interviews were conducted with senior administrators and clinical staff with direct day-to-day experience of smoking activities in 99 adult psychiatric inpatient settings across Australia (psychiatric units within general hospitals represented 58% of the national sample). Quantitative analysis, qualitative thematic analysis, and case studies were undertaken. The integration of a range of variables associated with leadership, teamwork, training, NRT use, staff smoking and other variables, as part of effective change management, were found to be important for implementing and sustaining smoke-free policy. Lack of staff cohesion was a significant factor found to undermine smoke-free policy. Features for success and ongoing sustainability of smoke-free policy were identified.
    Original languageEnglish
    Publication statusPublished - 2010
    EventUK National Smoking Cessation Conference - The Radisson SAS Hotel, Glasgow, United Kingdom
    Duration: 14 Jun 201015 Jun 2010
    http://www.uknscc.org/2010_UKNSCC/intro.html

    Conference

    ConferenceUK National Smoking Cessation Conference
    CountryUnited Kingdom
    CityGlasgow
    Period14/06/1015/06/10
    OtherThe UK National Smoking Cessation Conference attracted world-class speakers presenting the very latest in clinical, research and policy developments.
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