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Peer Review Status: Refereed
Title: The effectiveness of NHS smoking cessation services: A systematic review
Author(s): Bauld, Linda
Bell, Kirsten
McCullough, Lucy
Richardson, Lindsay
Greaves, Lorraine
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Keywords: Deprivation
NHS stop smoking services
Smoking cessation
Smoking treatment
Systematic review
Physician and patient
Delivery of health care
Smoking cessation programmes Great Britain
Issue Date: Mar-2010
Date Deposited: 25-Mar-2013
Citation: Bauld L, Bell K, McCullough L, Richardson L & Greaves L (2010) The effectiveness of NHS smoking cessation services: A systematic review. Journal of Public Health, 32 (1), pp. 71-82.
Abstract: Objectives: To analyse evidence on the effectiveness of intensive NHS treatments for smoking cessation in helping smokers to quit. Methods: A systematic review of studies published between 1990 and 2007. Electronic databases were searched for published studies. Unpublished reports were identified from the national research register and experts. Results: Twenty studies were included. They suggest that intensive NHS treatments for smoking cessation are effective in helping smokers to quit. The national evaluation found 4-week carbon monoxide monitoring validated quit rates of 53%, falling to 15% at 1 year. There is some evidence that group treatment may be more effective than one-to-one treatment, and the impact of ‘buddy support' varies based on treatment type. Evidence on the effectiveness of in-patient interventions is currently very limited. Younger smokers, females, pregnant smokers and more deprived smokers appear to have lower short-term quit rates than other groups. Conclusion: Further research is needed to determine the most effective models of NHS treatment for smoking cessation and the efficacy of those models with subgroups. Factors such as gender, age, socio-economic status and ethnicity appear to influence outcomes, but a current lack of diversity-specific analysis of results makes it impossible to ascertain the differential impact of intervention types on particular subpopulations.
DOI Link: 10.1093/pubmed/fdp074
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