Developing and testing peer-led interventions to promote switching from smoking to vaping
Applications are open for entry in the 2021-22 academic year, and the main deadline is 12:00 noon on Friday 8 January 2021.
If you have an idea for your own project, or would like to express your interest in applying for a DPhil in Primary Care, then please contact us.
- DPhil in Primary Health Care
- Course information
- Postgraduate life
- DPhil training programme
- How to apply
How to apply: FAQs
- Am I eligible?
- When should I apply?
- Is there an advantage to applying early?
- Are there any other criteria which may affect whether or not I am offered a place?
- Will applying to programmes from departments other than Primary Care Health Sciences affect my chances?
- My application was turned down last year. Can I reapply?
- Do I need to be a resident in Oxford during the course?
- Can I study part-time?
- What fees will I pay?
- Can I come as a self-funded student or with my own scholarship, studentship or grant?
- Can I do paid work in Oxford during my DPhil?
- Who do I contact for more information?
- Current DPhil projects
Potential graduate research projects 2021/2022
- Important information
- Prevalence, safety and efficacy of deprescribing cardio-protective medications in older adults
- How people with long-term health conditions use digital health technologies
- Improving smoking cessation training for undergraduates in UK medical schools
- Developing and testing peer-led interventions to promote switching from smoking to vaping
- Interventions to encourage healthier food purchasing
- Organisation and delivery of primary care
- Feasibility of “fitness age” as a motivator for positive physical activity behaviour and improved health outcomes in UK primary care
- Progressing the role and evidence-base for ‘Exercise as Medicine’ in UK primary care settings
- Benefits and harms of statins in the UK population: doses versus effects
- Workload in primary care and quality of care
- The epidemiology of UTI and antibiotic resistant uropathogens
- Evaluating temporal patterns in diagnostic meta-analysis
- Insomnia in menopause
- Prediction modelling in big data: exploring methodological challenges and optimising approaches
- A framework for developing and implementing early phase economic modelling for diagnostic interventions
- Diabetes research utilising the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) Research and Surveillance Centre (RSC) network and Real World Evidence (RWE) database
- Supporting the implementation of self-monitoring of blood pressure
- Scaling up the use of remote video consultations: supporting a socio-technical systems approach to implementation and evaluation
- Using Behavioural Insights to Improve Effectiveness of Digital Weight Loss Interventions
- Preventive care and children’s emergency admissions in the UK
- DPhil in Cancer Science Programme
- Interventions for healthier and sustainable diets
- The effect of dietary interventions in treating essential hypertension in primary care
- Exploring the impact of public health messaging on lifestyle behaviours during the COVID-19 pandemic
- Supporting smoking cessation in people living with serious mental illness
- Real-time benefit-risk assessment of vaccine exposure across a nationally representative primary care sentinel network: cutting edge technologies to prevent disease
The rise in popularity of e-cigarettes in recent years has been accompanied by a growth in the number of virtual ‘vaper’ communities, with people sharing their advice and experiences of e-cigarettes with peers on internet support groups and discussion forums, many of which address ways of reducing or stopping smoking. The rise of peer to peer support is unique to e-cigarettes; no other means of stopping or reducing smoking attracts such passionate engagement from members of the public. This raises the possibility that we could better harness this peer support to enable more people to reduce or stop smoking using e-cigarettes and this project examines this.
The first project will explore how different vaping communities communicate with one another, specifically examining online content and forums.
The second study will be a content-driven analysis of data from an on-going randomised controlled trial that enlisted the support of experienced vapers in providing telephone support to smokers who were offered an e-cigarette by their GP.
The audio-recordings between the experienced vapers and smokers will be analysed to identify what concerns new vapers have, how they respond to reassurances offered by peer supporters, and to understand which components of support are effective and how this can be maximised. Building on the first and second study, the third study will involve developing and testing a peer-led intervention for new vapers and will assess the value of peer support in encouraging smokers to switch to vaping.