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Provision of relapse prevention interventions in UK NHS Stop Smoking Services: a survey

Agboola, SA; Coleman, TJ; Leonardi-Bee, JA; McEwen, A; McNeill, AD; (2010) Provision of relapse prevention interventions in UK NHS Stop Smoking Services: a survey. BMC Health Services Research , 10 , Article 214. 10.1186/1472-6963-10-214. Green open access


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Background UK NHS Stop Smoking Services provide cost effective smoking cessation interventions but, as yet, there has been no assessment of their provision of relapse prevention interventions. Methods Electronic questionnaire survey of 185 UK Stop Smoking Services Managers. Results Ninety six Stop Smoking Service managers returned completed questionnaires (52% response rate). Of these, 58.3% (n = 56) ran NHS Stop Smoking Services which provided relapse prevention interventions for clients with the most commonly provided interventions being behavioural support: telephone (77%), group (73%), and individual (54%). Just under half (48%, n = 27) offered nicotine replacement therapy (NRT), 21.4% (n = 12) bupropion; 19.6% (n = 11) varenicline. Over 80% of those providing relapse prevention interventions do so for over six months. Nearly two thirds of all respondents thought it was likely that they would either continue to provide or commence provision of relapse prevention interventions in their services. Of the remaining respondents, 66.7% (n = 22) believed that the government focus on four-week quit rates, and 42.9% (14 services) believed that inadequate funding for provision of relapse prevention interventions, were major barriers to introducing these interventions into routine care. Conclusions Just over half of UK managers of NHS Stop Smoking Services who responded to the questionnaire reported that, in their services, relapse prevention interventions were currently provided for clients, despite, at that time, there being a weak evidence base for their effectiveness. The most commonly provided relapse prevention interventions were those for which there was least evidence. If these interventions are found to be effective, barriers would need to be removed before they would become part of routine care.

Type: Article
Title: Provision of relapse prevention interventions in UK NHS Stop Smoking Services: a survey
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1186/1472-6963-10-214
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/1472-6963-10-214
Language: English
Additional information: © 2010 Agboola et al; licensee BioMed Central Ltd. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited. PubMed ID: 20646297
UCL classification: UCL
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1355729
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