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Healthcare 2016, 4(2), 31; doi:10.3390/healthcare4020031

StopApp: Using the Behaviour Change Wheel to Develop an App to Increase Uptake and Attendance at NHS Stop Smoking Services

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Center for Technology Enabled Health Research (CTEHR), Coventry University, Coventry CV1 5FB, UK
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Public Health Warwickshire, Warwickshire County Council, Warwick CV34 4RL, UK
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Academic Editor: Helen Pattison
Received: 7 March 2016 / Revised: 26 May 2016 / Accepted: 31 May 2016 / Published: 8 June 2016
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Health Psychology in Healthcare Settings)
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Smokers who attend NHS Stop Smoking Services (SSS) are four times more likely to stop smoking; however, uptake has been in decline. We report the development of an intervention designed to increase uptake of SSS, from a more motivated self-selected sample of smokers. In Phase 1 we collected data to explore the barriers and facilitators to people using SSS. In Phase 2, data from extant literature and Phase 1 were subject to behavioural analysis, as outlined by the Behaviour Change Wheel (BCW) framework. Relevant Behaviour Change Techniques (BCTs) were identified in order to address these, informing the content of the StopApp intervention. In Phase 3 we assessed the acceptability of the StopApp. Smokers and ex-smokers identified a number of barriers to attending SSS, including a lack of knowledge about what happens at SSS (Capability); the belief that SSS is not easy to access (Opportunity); that there would be ’scare tactics’ or ‘nagging’; and not knowing anyone who had been and successfully quit (Motivation). The ‘StopApp’ is in development and will link in with the commissioned SSS booking system. Examples of the content and functionality of the app are outlined. The next phase will involve a full trial to test effectiveness. View Full-Text
Keywords: behaviour change; COM-B; behaviour change wheel; stop smoking services; web-app; eReferral behaviour change; COM-B; behaviour change wheel; stop smoking services; web-app; eReferral
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Fulton, E.A.; Brown, K.E.; Kwah, K.L.; Wild, S. StopApp: Using the Behaviour Change Wheel to Develop an App to Increase Uptake and Attendance at NHS Stop Smoking Services. Healthcare 2016, 4, 31.

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