An evaluation of the effectiveness of a mobile stop smoking service
Andrea Venn, Anne Dickinson and Ann McNeill
Dr Andrea Venn Associate Professor in Epidemiology, Division of Epidemiology and Public Health, UK Centre for Tobacco Control Studies, University of Nottingham.
Whilst local NHS stop smoking services (SSS) are effective in helping smokers quit, less than 10% use them and improving uptake amongst routine and manual (RM) smokers in particular is a government priority. This study aimed to evaluate the effectiveness of a community-based mobile drop-in SSS to increase engagement uptake in RM smokers. The mobile SSS was run from an exhibition trailer which was located in public places including supermarket car parks and industrial estates in disadvantaged areas of Nottingham from April to October 2011.
The service was run in partnership with Nottingham City New Leaf SSS and consultations were carried out following their standard procedures. 811 smokers registered with the mobile service, and when compared with the 1825 clients who registered through standard New Leaf clinics during the same time period, the proportion from RM occupations, our primary outcome, was significantly higher (33.3% versus 26.8%; p=0.001). The proportion RM remained higher for the mobile than standard service when only clients who set a quit date were considered (33.6% versus 26.9%; p=0.002). Significant differences between the services were also seen for a number of our secondary outcomes.
In conclusion, a mobile drop-in SSS appears to be an effective way of reaching RM smokers.
Dr Andrea Venn is an Associate Professor in Epidemiology based in the Division of Epidemiology and Public Health and the UK Centre for Tobacco Control Studies at the University of Nottingham. Her research is primarily in the areas of respiratory disease, health effects of active and passive smoking, and smoking cessation. She has published over 50 peer-reviewed papers and was a contributor on the recent Royal College of Physicians report ‘Passive smoking and children’.
Source of funding: National Institute for Health Research (NIHR)