The impact of a New Zealand primary care based cessation programme on health inequalities
Rosemary Hiscock, Research Officer, School for Health, UKCTCS University of Bath, UK
This paper evaluates the impact of a primary care based smoking cessation programme on social inequalities in smoking rates.
The analysis involves records of 11,325 patients who enrolled
in an innovative smoking cessation programme in Christchurch,
New Zealand between 2001 and 2006. We compare enrolment, follow-up, quitting and impact on population smoking rates in the most and least deprived neighbourhoods. Results indicate that there was higher enrolment as a proportion of the population from the most deprived areas but enrollees from the least deprived quintile were 40% more likely to quit than those from the most deprived quintile. Although enrollees were drawn from a wide variety of backgrounds, those most likely to quit tended to reside in areas that were affluent. Implications for ethnic minorities
are also discussed.
About the presenter
Dr Rosemary Hiscock has been working in the field of health inequalities for over 10 years. She was awarded a PhD in 2002 from the MRC Social and Public Health Sciences Unit in Glasgow. She has had an international career including posts at the Karolinska Institute in Sweden and the University of Canterbury in New Zealand before her current post at UKCTCS at the University of Bath.
Most recently she has been involved in evaluating the PEGS Smoking Cessation programme based in Christchurch New Zealand.