Exploring the use of CO screening by Health visitors to support smoking cessation in pregnancy and the postpartum period.
PHE ePoster Library. Johnson F. 09/12/19; 274441; 24
Fiona Johnson
Fiona Johnson
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Abstract Introduction
Smoking during the postpartum period exposes infants and families to adverse health effects. During the Better Births initiative in Dorset it was recognised that Health visitors could support smoking cessation and relapse prevention.Aim: To examine if using CO screening during Health visitor contacts supported women to stay smoke free postpartum and to better understand the benefits and barriers.
Method
10 Health Visitors completed smoking cessation brief intervention and CO monitor training. A 6 month pilot project involved CO screening at the antenatal, new birth and 6-8 week visits. A mixed method research strategy was used with quantitative data from women screened and a focus group of 5 Health visitors to explore the experiences of conducting the intervention.
Results
77% of women screened who gave up smoking during pregnancy remained smoke free 6-8 weeks post birth. Health visitors felt that the CO screening was a useful aid for conversation. However, time pressure was a barrier. Many women did not want to be referred on to Smoking cessation services. Health visitors recognised this could be a valuable opportunity to provide support but needed knowledge on NRT and e-cigarettes.
Conclusion
A higher percentage of women remained smoke free postpartum compared to other studies. The CO screening enabled the conversation about smoking behaviours to be meaningful. Barriers included lack of time and further training to cover cessation methods and e-cigarettes. External funding details Training was provided by iPiP and funded by PHE as part of their work to reduce the prevalence of smoking in pregnancy.
Abstract Introduction
Smoking during the postpartum period exposes infants and families to adverse health effects. During the Better Births initiative in Dorset it was recognised that Health visitors could support smoking cessation and relapse prevention.Aim: To examine if using CO screening during Health visitor contacts supported women to stay smoke free postpartum and to better understand the benefits and barriers.
Method
10 Health Visitors completed smoking cessation brief intervention and CO monitor training. A 6 month pilot project involved CO screening at the antenatal, new birth and 6-8 week visits. A mixed method research strategy was used with quantitative data from women screened and a focus group of 5 Health visitors to explore the experiences of conducting the intervention.
Results
77% of women screened who gave up smoking during pregnancy remained smoke free 6-8 weeks post birth. Health visitors felt that the CO screening was a useful aid for conversation. However, time pressure was a barrier. Many women did not want to be referred on to Smoking cessation services. Health visitors recognised this could be a valuable opportunity to provide support but needed knowledge on NRT and e-cigarettes.
Conclusion
A higher percentage of women remained smoke free postpartum compared to other studies. The CO screening enabled the conversation about smoking behaviours to be meaningful. Barriers included lack of time and further training to cover cessation methods and e-cigarettes. External funding details Training was provided by iPiP and funded by PHE as part of their work to reduce the prevalence of smoking in pregnancy.
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