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Development of a Smoke-Free Home Intervention for Families of Babies Admitted to Neonatal Intensive Care

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Notley C, Brown TJ, Bauld L, Boyle EM, Clarke P, Hardeman W, Holland R, Hubbard M, Naughton F, Nichols A, Orton S, Ussher M & Ward E (2022) Development of a Smoke-Free Home Intervention for Families of Babies Admitted to Neonatal Intensive Care. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 19 (6), Art. No.: 3670. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph19063670

Abstract
Neonatal intensive care units (NICUs) have a disproportionately higher number of parents who smoke tobacco compared to the general population. A baby’s NICU admission offers a unique time to prompt behaviour change, and to emphasise the dangerous health risks of environmental tobacco smoke exposure to vulnerable infants. We sought to explore the views of mothers, fathers, wider family members, and healthcare professionals to develop an intervention to promote smoke-free homes, delivered on NICU. This article reports findings of a qualitative interview and focus group study with parents whose infants were in NICU (n = 42) and NICU healthcare professionals (n = 23). Thematic analysis was conducted to deductively explore aspects of intervention development including initiation, timing, components and delivery. Analysis of inductively occurring themes was also undertaken. Findings demonstrated that both parents and healthcare professionals supported the need for intervention. They felt it should be positioned around the promotion of smoke-free homes, but to achieve that end goal might incorporate direct cessation support during the NICU stay, support to stay smoke free (relapse prevention), and support and guidance for discussing smoking with family and household visitors. Qualitative analysis mapped well to an intervention based around the ‘3As’ approach (ask, advise, act). This informed a logic model and intervention pathway.

Keywords
neonatal; smoking cessation; smoke-free homes; relapse prevention; intervention development

Journal
International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health: Volume 19, Issue 6

StatusPublished
FundersNIHR National Institute for Health Research
Publication date31/03/2022
Publication date online31/03/2022
Date accepted by journal12/03/2022
URLhttp://hdl.handle.net/1893/34124
eISSN1660-4601

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Professor Michael Ussher
Professor Michael Ussher

Professor of Behavioural Medicine, Institute for Social Marketing

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