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Tobacco and Dentistry Focus Group

A series of focus groups exploring tobacco users’ opinions on the role of general dental practice teams in helping tobacco users to quit.

  • School/Institute/Department: Institute of Dentistry, School of Medicine and Dentistry
  • Subjects: Patient Involvement, Public Focus Groups, Tobacco, Smoking, Dental Hygiene
  • Audience: Tobacco Users

Working with colleagues in Tower Hamlets specialist tobacco cessation services researchers at the Department of Dental Public Health will conduct three focus groups with tobacco users, those who are quitting and those who have quit. The purpose of the focus groups is to explore tobacco users’ opinions on the role of general dental practice teams in helping tobacco users to quit.

The project will engage with participants from the Bangladeshi community who chew tobacco in paan and, separately, with other groups who smoke or have smoked tobacco.

The work is intended to help inform the design and conduct of future studies to help improve tobacco cessation in the general dental practice setting. Participants who want to will be asked to continue their involvement by joining researchers as they develop and run the research project.

The activity aims to have a long term effect by helping to improve the provision of tobacco cessation services in general dental practice thus helping to improve the health of local, national and, ultimately, international populations.

The focus groups will run in April and May 2016. If you are interested in participating as a current or former tobacco user the team would welcome you getting in touch. Contact Dr Dominic Hurst, Tel: 020 7882 2500, email: r.d.hurst@qmul.ac.uk.

This project received small award funding from the Centre for Public Engagement.

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