Implementing a smoking cessation program in social and community service organisations: A feasibility and acceptability trial

Jamie Bryant, Billie Bonevski, Christine Paul, Philip Hull, Jon O'Brien

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Abstract

Introduction and Aims. Novel ways of accessing and engaging smokers who are socially and economically disadvantaged may help reduce socioeconomic disparities in smoking rates. This study assessed the feasibility and acceptability of integrating smoking cessation support into usual care at a social and community service organisation (SCSO). Design and Methods. One SCSO providing a Personal Helpers and Mentors program participated. Support workers were provided with training in 5A's, brief motivational interviewing and use of nicotine replacement therapy, and then recruited clients into a 6month smoking program. Acceptability and feasibility was assessed prior to receiving training and at 3 and 6month follow up for support workers, and at enrolment into the program and at 4 and 6month follow up for clients. Results. Six support workers (67%) and 20 of their clients (65%) took part. Overall acceptability of the program was high, particularly among clients. The amount of time spent talking about smoking increased from 3.8min per visit at baseline to 15.5min at 6month follow up. There was a significant reduction in the number of cigarettes smoked from 20.5 cigarettes per day at baseline to 15 cigarettes per day at 6month follow up (P=0.04). Discussion and Conclusions. SCSOs are both interested in and capable of providing smoking care and the majority of clients found the smoking cessation intervention acceptable and helpful. Given the demonstrated acceptability and feasibility of this approach, further research to determine the effectiveness of this approach is warranted.[Bryant J, Bonevski B, Paul C, Hull P, O'Brien J. Implementing a smoking cessation program in social and community service organisations: A feasibility and acceptability trial.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)678-684
Number of pages7
JournalDrug and Alcohol Review
Volume31
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2012
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Community organisation
  • Smoking cessation
  • Social disadvantage

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