Tailored tobacco dependence support for mental health patients: a model for inpatient and community services
Version of Record online: 2 NOV 2012
© 2012 The Authors, Addiction © 2012 Society for the Study of Addiction
Special Issue: Engaging Disadvantaged Tobacco Users with Cessation Support
Volume 107, Issue Supplement S2, pages 18–25, December 2012
How to Cite
Parker, C., McNeill, A. and Ratschen, E. (2012), Tailored tobacco dependence support for mental health patients: a model for inpatient and community services. Addiction, 107: 18–25. doi: 10.1111/j.1360-0443.2012.04082.x
- Issue online: 2 NOV 2012
- Version of Record online: 2 NOV 2012
- Manuscript Accepted: 28 AUG 2012
- Manuscript Revised: 9 MAR 2012
- Manuscript Received: 25 FEB 2012
- Mental health;
- mental illness;
- nicotine dependence;
- tobacco dependence
Although smoking prevalence among people with severe mental illness is high, it remains largely unaddressed. This pragmatic pilot project aimed to develop and implement a tailored tobacco dependence service in mental health settings and to assess its impact, as well as barriers and facilitators to implementation.
An integrative service model, spanning acute, rehabilitation and community services, including the design of tailored instruments and referral pathways, delivered by two mental health professionals.
Setting and participants
Four adult acute and two rehabilitation wards (129 beds), and the community recovery team (2038 cases) of the United Kingdom's largest Mental Health Trust.
Audit of smoking information in patient notes; service uptake; quit attempts; smoking cessation and reduction; qualitative data on implementation barriers/facilitators.
A total of 110 patients attended at least one support session: 53 inpatients (23% of inpatient smokers) and 57 community (of unknown number of community smokers, as recording of smoking status is not mandatory). Thirty-four of these (31%) made a quit attempt; 17 (15%) stopped smoking and 29 (26%) reduced cigarette consumption by up to 50% at the final contact. Barriers to service implementation related to: (i) trust policy, systems and procedures, (ii) staff knowledge and attitudes and (iii) illness-related factors.
Despite the strong anti-smoking climate in the United Kingdom, including a law requiring smoke-free policies in mental health settings, establishing a smoking cessation treatment service for people with mental illness proved difficult, due to complex systemic barriers. However, there is clearly a demand, by patients, for such a service.