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Implementation of Financial Incentives for Successful Smoking Cessation in Real-Life Company Settings: A Qualitative Needs Assessment among Employers

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Department of Family Medicine, Maastricht University (CAPHRI), 6200 MD Maastricht, The Netherlands
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IVO Research Institute, 2500 GV The Hague, The Netherlands
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Department of Public Health and Primary Care, Leiden University Medical Center, 2300 RC Leiden, The Netherlands
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Department of Health Promotion, Maastricht University (CAPHRI), 6200 MD Maastricht, The Netherlands
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2019, 16(24), 5135; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph16245135
Received: 13 November 2019 / Revised: 6 December 2019 / Accepted: 12 December 2019 / Published: 16 December 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Workplace Health and Wellbeing 2019)
Randomized studies have shown that financial incentives can significantly increase the effect of smoking cessation treatment in company settings. Evidence of effectiveness alone is, however, not enough to ensure that companies will offer this intervention. Knowledge about the barriers and facilitators for implementation in the workplace is needed, in order to develop an implementation strategy. We performed a qualitative needs assessment among 18 employers working in companies with relatively many employees with a low educational level, and our study revealed priority actions that aim to improve the implementation process in these types of workplaces. First, employers need training and support in how to reach their employees and convince them to take part in the group training. Second, employers need to be convinced that their non-smoking employees will not consider the incentives unfair, or they should be enabled to offer alternative incentives that are considered less unfair. Third, the cost-effectiveness of smoking cessation group trainings including financial incentives should be explained to employers. Finally, smoking cessation should become a standard part of workplace-based health policies. View Full-Text
Keywords: smoking cessation; financial incentives; workplace; employers; employees; smokers; intervention; qualitative interview smoking cessation; financial incentives; workplace; employers; employees; smokers; intervention; qualitative interview
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van den Brand, F.A.; Magnée, T.; de Haan-Bouma, L.; Barendregt, C.; Chavannes, N.H.; van Schayck, O.C.P.; Nagelhout, G.E. Implementation of Financial Incentives for Successful Smoking Cessation in Real-Life Company Settings: A Qualitative Needs Assessment among Employers. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2019, 16, 5135. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph16245135

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van den Brand FA, Magnée T, de Haan-Bouma L, Barendregt C, Chavannes NH, van Schayck OCP, Nagelhout GE. Implementation of Financial Incentives for Successful Smoking Cessation in Real-Life Company Settings: A Qualitative Needs Assessment among Employers. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2019; 16(24):5135. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph16245135

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van den Brand, Floor A., Tessa Magnée, Lotte de Haan-Bouma, Cas Barendregt, Niels H. Chavannes, Onno C.P. van Schayck, and Gera E. Nagelhout. 2019. "Implementation of Financial Incentives for Successful Smoking Cessation in Real-Life Company Settings: A Qualitative Needs Assessment among Employers" International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 16, no. 24: 5135. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph16245135

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