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3. MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES
A reduction in tobacco use is one of the stated aims of the National Health Promotion Strategy
(2000-2005) (Department of Health and Children, 2000a) as well being the core activity of
membership for all health promoting hospitals (HPH).
AIMS OF THE STUDY
1. To develop a database of smoking cessation services in Ireland.
2. Do a census of the smoking cessation services in Ireland and evaluate the range and
availability of them.
3. Develop a database for use in smoking cessation treatment services which would schedule
consultations with patients and gather all relevant demographics, treatments and their outcomes,
(cessation treatment database) and pilot its use over a 3 month period.
4. Conduct a patient satisfaction survey of the service users.
1. The database of services was compiled from existing information supplemented by further enquiry
and validation. It was then used as the population base for a survey of services using a
specially developed, structured self-administered questionnaire which was completed by the smoking
cessation service providers identified from the database.
2. Having developed an “Excel” based smoking cessation treatment database, workshops were held
around the country and used to further develop and demonstrate it. At these workshops smoking
cessation service providers were encouraged to (SPs) into pilot its use for a 3 month period. Data
on patients was entered into the database by SPs during the 3 month pilot and was subsequently
3. A patient satisfaction survey was also carried out during this 3 month period using a custom
built survey instrument with the cooperation of the SPs.
Keogan, S. (2012). Evaluation of smoking cessation services in Ireland: design and pilot of a smoking cessation treatment database. Masters Dissertation. Dublin Institute of Technology. doi:10.21427/D7TK5D