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Experts’ Views on Behaviour Change Techniques for Smoking Cessation in Pregnancy: A Qualitative Study

Division of Primary Care, School of Medicine, University of Nottingham, Nottingham NG7 2RD, UK
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17(21), 7729; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17217729
Received: 28 September 2020 / Revised: 19 October 2020 / Accepted: 20 October 2020 / Published: 22 October 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Smoking Cessation in Pregnancy and Postpartum)
Smoking during pregnancy is a global health problem which has devastating health implications. Behavioural support is an important part of smoking cessation support for pregnant women. Research has identified barriers and facilitators (B&Fs) and effective behaviour change techniques (BCTs) to aid women’s quit attempts. However, the extent to which and how these BCTs are used in practice is unclear. The research aimed to establish experts’ views on how behavioural support can be optimised and techniques operationalised in clinical practice, by identifying ways to address known B&Fs for smoking cessation in pregnancy. A focus group discussion took place with six experts, which highlighted how BCTs can be used in practice to support women in their quit attempts. A thematic analysis was conducted to elicit overarching themes. Five themes were found: involving the family, empowering women, using incentives to boost motivation, using practical techniques to help women with their quit attempts and managing expectations about nicotine replacement therapy. Empowering women to make their own decisions and encouraging small positive changes in smoking habits, using visual aids (e.g., growth charts) to inform women of the harms of smoking to the baby and treating families holistically were deemed important. View Full-Text
Keywords: smoking cessation; pregnancy; behaviour change; barriers and facilitators; qualitative analysis; expert group smoking cessation; pregnancy; behaviour change; barriers and facilitators; qualitative analysis; expert group
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Abidi, F.B.; Laing, L.; Cooper, S.; Coleman, T.; Campbell, K.A. Experts’ Views on Behaviour Change Techniques for Smoking Cessation in Pregnancy: A Qualitative Study. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17, 7729. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17217729

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Abidi FB, Laing L, Cooper S, Coleman T, Campbell KA. Experts’ Views on Behaviour Change Techniques for Smoking Cessation in Pregnancy: A Qualitative Study. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2020; 17(21):7729. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17217729

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Abidi, Fizzah B., Libby Laing, Sue Cooper, Tim Coleman, and Katarzyna A. Campbell 2020. "Experts’ Views on Behaviour Change Techniques for Smoking Cessation in Pregnancy: A Qualitative Study" International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 17, no. 21: 7729. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17217729

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