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The We Can Quit2 smoking cessation trial: knowledge exchange and dissemination following a community-based participatory research approach

Castello, Stefania; Darker, Catherine; Vance, Joanne; Dougall, Nadine; Bauld, Linda; Hayes, Catherine B.


Stefania Castello

Catherine Darker

Joanne Vance

Linda Bauld

Catherine B. Hayes


Background: ‘We Can Quit2’ pilot randomised controlled trial determined the feasibility [of conducting a community-based trial of We Can Quit, a peer-delivered stop-smoking programme (group support, combination nicotine replacement therapy (NRT), and tailored individual support) for women living in socioeconomically disadvantaged areas in Ireland. Lessons from a knowledge exchange (KE) workshop that reengaged trial stakeholders are presented. Methods: The trial dissemination plan included invitation of community, regional and national stakeholders (n = 176) to a KE interactive workshop, who received an accessible brief beforehand. Trial findings were presented. Enhancements to community engagement, participants’ recruitment and retention, and policy priorities arising from the research were discussed. Field notes and responses to a post-event anonymous questionnaire were analysed using thematic content analysis. Results: Workshop attendees (41/176, 23%) recommended: dedicated additional time to engage community stakeholders; social prescribing pathways to enhance recruitment; more adaptation of trial-related information and assistance in completion of data forms for low literacy individuals; encouraging women to join healthy community programmes to facilitate retention and sustainability; removal of barriers to access NRT; and ongoing provision of cessation services tailored to disadvantaged groups. Conclusions: The findings are relevant to the implementation of other community-based health interventions for disadvantaged groups, to policy makers and to service providers.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Feb 11, 2022
Online Publication Date Feb 18, 2022
Publication Date 2022
Deposit Date Feb 22, 2022
Publicly Available Date Feb 22, 2022
Journal International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Publisher MDPI
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 19
Issue 4
Article Number 2333
Keywords knowledge exchange and dissemination; smoking cessation; women; socioeconomic disadvantage; pilot randomised controlled trial (RCT); pilot cluster randomised trial (cRCT); community-based participatory research (CBPR)
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