Evaluation of Specialist Smoking Cessation Services in Wales

Moore, L. , Best, C., West, F., Roberts, J., Cohen, D. and Louis, H. (2003) Evaluation of Specialist Smoking Cessation Services in Wales. Working Paper. Cardiff University, Cardiff.

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Specialist Smoking Cessation Services (SCS) were first established in the UK in Health Action Zones in England in 1999/2000. The evidence base for these services was set out in smoking cessation guidelines published in Thorax (Raw et al 1998), which recommended that ‘intensive smoking cessation support should where possible be conducted in groups, include coping skills training and social support, and should offer around five sessions of about one hour over one month, and follow-up’. Evidence did not strongly favour groups in favour of individual support, but the former was ‘much more cost-effective’. The intensive intervention envisaged by these guidelines was based on the well-evaluated, effective Maudsley Clinic programme (Hajek, 1989). Since 1999, SCS have been established in each of the five Health Authority Areas in Wales, and the National Assembly has required each SCS to collect a minimum data set, to feed into evaluation of the services. However, there have been inconsistencies in how these data have been collected, and little use has been made of the data for local or national evaluation purposes. An independent evaluation was commissioned in April 2002, utilising and building upon the data collected by the SCS. The evaluation was completed in July 2003, and consisted of three components: a process evaluation, an outcome evaluation, and an economic evaluation. Each of the three components of the evaluation informed a series of 19 recommendations made by the evaluation team on the future configuration of Smoking Cessation Services in Wales. Overall, a more unified national smoking cessation service was recommended, with a stronger identity and national co-ordination

Item Type:Research Reports or Papers (Working Paper)
Additional Information:School of Social Sciences Working Paper 92.
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Moore, Professor Laurence
Authors: Moore, L., Best, C., West, F., Roberts, J., Cohen, D., and Louis, H.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Health and Wellbeing > MRC/CSO SPHSU
Publisher:Cardiff University

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