Improving smoking cessation training for undergraduates in UK medical schools
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- 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
Brief advice from medical professionals on smoking cessation is effective and can lead to dramatic improvements in population health. However, UK medical undergraduate teaching of smoking cessation advice varies greatly by medical school, and in practice many opportunities to deliver brief cessation advice in clinical practice are missed.
This DPhil project aims to investigate current provision of training on delivering smoking cessation advice, with the aim to then inform a future intervention.
It will include a survey of how, if at all, the delivery of smoking cessation advice and treatment is taught in UK medical schools, as well as qualitative work with medical school staff and pre-clinical and clinical students regarding delivery and implementation of smoking cessation guidance, and ways to motivate students to use the skills learned in practice. This information will then be used to develop, test and evaluate a new short module on smoking cessation aimed at undergraduate medical students.
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