DASHES Protocol: Development and feasibility testing of a tailored community programme to support people in recovery from problematic alcohol and drug use to cut down or stop smoking using co-creation

Fiona Dobbie* (Lead Author), Martine Miller, Man Hei Marcus Kam, Aoife Mckenna, Claire Glen, Alison McCallum

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Background: Despite the continued global decline in adult tobacco prevalence, rates continue to be significantly higher in groups with problematic drug or alcohol use (PDA). It is estimated that people with alcohol, drug or mental health problems account for approximately half of all smoking deaths. In the UK, there are free stop smoking services for the general population. However, these services have been criticized as unsuitable for people in recovery from PDA due to their design, time-limited support, strict requirement for smoking abstinence and lack of consideration of harm reduction approaches. This has led to calls for alternative approaches to support this marginalized and underserved group. This research study seeks to respond to this call by co-creating and feasibility testing a tailored, trauma-informed service specifically for people seeking help for PDA, who are not in immediate crisis, and who may also want to reduce or stop their tobacco smoking. Methods: The mixed-method study design has two parts. The development study (part one) will use participatory peer research methods to work with the target client group and key stakeholders involved in service delivery, commissioning, and policy to design the service (intervention). The feasibility study (part two) will test the delivery of the intervention protocol and capture data that will enable the assessment of whether progression to a future pilot randomized control trial is merited. Conclusions: The outcome of this study will be a theoretically informed, co-created intervention with the potential to improve population health by supporting people with problematic drug or alcohol use to cut down or stop tobacco smoking. View Full-Text
Original languageEnglish
Article number13709
Number of pages9
JournalInternational Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Volume19
Issue number20
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 21 Oct 2022

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • tobacco
  • addiction
  • smoking cessation
  • harm reduction
  • trauma informed
  • intervention
  • development
  • feasibility

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