alexa Developing a Smoking Cessation Intervention for Low Income and Minority Women
ISSN: 2167-0420

Journal of Womens Health Care
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Research Article

Developing a Smoking Cessation Intervention for Low Income and Minority Women

Nefertiti C duPont1, Martin C Mahoney2, Linda S Kahn3, Bonnie M Vest3, Christy A Widman4, Nikia S Clark-Hargrave4 and Deborah O Erwin4*

1Department of Gynecologic Oncology, Roswell Park Cancer Institute, Buffalo, New York, USA

2Departments of Medicine and Health Behavior, Roswell Park Cancer Institute, Elm and Carlton Streets, Buffalo, New York, USA

3Department of Family Medicine, University at Buffalo, The State University of New York at Buffalo, Buffalo, New York, USA

4Division of Cancer Prevention and Control, Roswell Park Cancer Institute, Elm and Carlton Streets, Buffalo, New York, USA

Corresponding Author:
Deborah O Erwin
Division of Cancer Prevention and
Control Roswell Park Cancer Institute
Elm and Carlton Streets, Buffalo, New York, 14263, USA
Tel: 716 845 2927
E-mail: [email protected]

Received Date: March 23, 2016; Accepted Date: April 02, 2016; Published Date: April 25, 2016

Citation: duPont NC, Mahoney MC, Kahn LS, Vest BM, Widman CA, et al. (2016) Developing a Smoking Cessation Intervention for Low Income and Minority Women. J Women’s Health Care 5:309. doi:10.4172/2167-0420.1000309

Copyright: © 2016 duPont NC, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.



Objective: The objective of this qualitative pilot study was to elicit patient and provider feedback on how to develop a smoking cessation program for low income women with cervical dysplasia in an urban Women’s Health Center.
Methods: A community-based participatory research project incorporating a focus group and structured interviews was utilized to elicit feedback on how to develop a culturally appropriate smoking cessation program appealing to low-income and minority women smokers.
Results: Qualitative data from 13 patients, 4 nurses, and 6 staff members collected between January 2012-August 2012 described the challenges of finding effective mechanisms for cessation interventions that met the schedules and needs of low income and minority patients. Input from office staff indicated insufficient educational resources to offer patients, limited skills to assist patients and the importance of perceived patient readiness to quit as barriers to creating an effective smoking cessation program.
Conclusion: Smoking cessation services targeting low-income and minority female smokers can be enhanced by providing clinic staff with patient education materials and smoking cessation training.


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