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Title: Improving access to smoking cessation services for disadvantaged groups: A systematic review
Authors: Murray, Rachael
Bauld, Linda
Hackshaw, Lucy
McNeill, Ann
Contact Email: linda.bauld@stir.ac.uk
Keywords: access
disadvantage
inequalities
smoking cessation services
Issue Date: Jun-2009
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Citation: Murray R, Bauld L, Hackshaw L & McNeill A (2009) Improving access to smoking cessation services for disadvantaged groups: A systematic review, Journal of Public Health, 31 (2), pp. 258-277.
Abstract: Background: Smoking is a main contributor to health inequalities. Identifying strategies to find and support smokers from disadvantaged groups is, therefore, of key importance. Methods: A systematic review was carried out of studies identifying and supporting smokers from disadvantaged groups for smoking cessation, and providing and improving their access to smoking-cessation services. A wide range of electronic databases were searched and unpublished reports were identified from the national research register and key experts. Results: Over 7500 studies were screened and 48 were included. Some papers were of poor quality, most were observational studies and many did not report findings for disadvantaged smokers. Nevertheless, several methods of recruiting smokers, including proactively targeting patients on General Physician's registers, routine screening or other hospital appointments, were identified. Barriers to service use for disadvantaged groups were identified and providing cessation services in different settings appeared to improve access. We found preliminary evidence of the effectiveness of some interventions in increasing quitting behaviour in disadvantaged groups. Conclusions: There is limited evidence on effective strategies to increase access to cessation services for disadvantaged smokers. While many studies collected socioeconomic data, very few analysed its contribution to the results. However, some potentially promising interventions were identified which merit further research.
Type: Journal Article
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1893/11523
DOI Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/pubmed/fdp008
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University of Bath
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