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The overall aim of this study is to develop and test new ways of helping parents to abstain from smoking inside their homes to reduce children's exposure to secondhand smoke (SHS). This study consists of three key phases, the first two of which have been completed.
The first phase involved qualitative interviewing of Nottingham families and key health care professionals which helped to inform the development of the intervention. The feasibility and acceptability of the proposed intervention was then tested as part of the second phase. The third and final phase, which is currently on going, is an exploratory randomised controlled trial to test the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of this novel multi-component intervention.
The randomised controlled trial started in November 2012 and is due to be completed in February 2015. The smoke-free homes (SFH) intervention is being delivered by specialist SFH advisors to households across Nottingham where parents of at least one child under five years smoke inside the home. Participants are recruited via a number of different pathways including: via Sure Start Children’s Centres, health visitor clinics and outreach services, and the Nottingham smoke-free homes project (run by the local stop smoking service).
A more detailed summary of the Smoke-Free Homes trial can be found on the Current Controlled Trials website.
Epidemiology & Public Health
University of Nottingham
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