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Standard smoking cessation services in sites participating in the SCIMITAR+ trial for people with severe mental ill health

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JournalBJPsych bulletin
DateAccepted/In press - 26 Apr 2019
DateE-pub ahead of print (current) - 4 Jun 2019
Number of pages6
Early online date4/06/19
Original languageEnglish

Abstract

Aims and method: SCIMITAR+ trial was commissioned to evaluate the effectiveness of a bespoke smoking cessation intervention for people with severe mental ill health compared to usual services. It is difficult to define what constitutes ‘usual care’ in stop smoking services. We aimed to define what this was during the trial. Twenty-two NHS healthcare providers participated in a bespoke survey asking about usual care in their area.
Results: All sites offered smoking cessation support, however, service provider and service type varied substantially. In some cases services were not streamlined, meaning that people received smoking cessation counselling from one organisation and smoking cessation medication from another.
Clinical implications: To better implement the NICE guideline PH48, clearer referral pathways need to be implemented and communicated to patients, staff and carers. People with SMI need to be able to access services that combine Nicotine Replacement Therapy and behavioural support in a streamlined manner.

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