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Research Evidence for Action to Create Smoke Free Homes

REACH Collaborators

  • Prof Jude Robinson, University of Liverpool
  • Dr Laura Jones, University of Birmingham
  • Dr Jo Longman, University of Sydney
  • A/Prof Megan Passey, University of Sydney.

In 2014, our team undertook a systematic review and qualitative synthesis of the published research evidence on caregivers’ perspectives of the barriers and enablers to establishing and maintaining smoke free homes, and we published a paper based on the 1990-2014 global literature (22 articles) in BMJ Open in 2016. Rachel Heah and Jude Robinson updated the searches and the review to July 2017, and added a further 13 articles to the review. We are currently writing further papers to include the updated findings and to discuss some findings in more detail. 

Based on the reviews and subsequent work we have developed the REACH 10 Point Summary of the evidence and the REACH Strategy, that advocates a strengths-based approach to ensure that messages around smoke free reach not only all members of households but the wider community, and are delivered by health and social care professionals across organisations. We are currently exploring with tobacco leads and other key stakeholders how the REACH 10 Point Summary and REACH Strategy may be used to inform and assist local Smoke Free Homes Initiatives across the UK - and we would appreciate any feedback on the guidance and strategy.

Reference to the open access published paper:

Passey ME, Longman JM, Robinson J, Wiggers J, Jones LE. (2016) Smoke-free homes: what are the barriers, motivators and enablers? A qualitative systematic review and thematic synthesis. BMJ Open 6. Read the open access article.


Meet the team

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    Professor Jude Robinson, University of Liverpool (UK)

    Jude Robinson is a social anthropologist researching in the field of critical public health. Her research centres on developing understandings of how people can develop and sustain their health and wellbeing outside conventional health care settings. Her past research includes collaborative projects exploring smoking and second-hand smoke with parents of young children in different settings; exploring health and health care for people with visual impairment; and exploring the links between reading aloud, mental health and wellbeing. Her recent projects include a project researching reading and health with women in prison and working with the Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation and HM Forces to explore smoking in the Army. Current projects include an NIHR funded study of depression (PANDA); an international four city ethnography exploring perceptions of plain/ graphic cigarette packaging (with colleagues from Canada, US and Australia); an NIHR funded project on visual hallucinations (SHAPE); and working with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra on their In Harmony project with children and families in West Everton, Liverpool. 

    Dr Laura Jones, University of Birmingham (UK)

    Laura Jones is a Senior Lecturer in qualitative and mixed-methods in the Institute of Applied Health Research and has multi-disciplinary health related research and teaching experience. She has significant expertise in tobacco control research, and in her previous role as a Senior Research Fellow in the UK Centre for Tobacco and Alcohol Studies (UKCTAS) at the University of Nottingham, led the successful development of an effective programme of mixed-methods research aiming to reduce disadvantaged children’s exposure to secondhand smoke at home. Laura was a co-author on the 2010 Royal College of Physician’s Passive Smoking and Children report and in 2012 she co-developed the National Centre for Smoking Cessation and Training (NCSCT) free online very brief advice on secondhand smoke training for health and social professionals. Laura has several ongoing tobacco related projects including: parents’ experiences of using electronic cigarettes in the home and the potential for delivery of effective secondhand smoke interventions in primary and secondary care in the UK.  Laura’s wider research interests lie within an overarching theme of child and maternal health; in particular, she leads qualitative and mixed-methods projects on gender based violence, miscarriage and maternal sepsis.

    Dr Jo Longman, University of Sydney (Australia)

    Jo Longman is a Research Fellow at the University Centre for Rural Health in Lismore NSW. She is a social scientist with over 20 years’ experience in qualitative research and evaluation. Her research interests include older people with chronic conditions and potentially preventable hospitalisations; smoking in pregnancy; smoke-free homes; rural maternity services; and river flooding and mental health and wellbeing.

    Associate Professor Megan Passey, University of Sydney (Australia)

    Megan Passey is a medical graduate trained in epidemiology and public health. She has worked internationally and in rural Australia, academically and within government health services in both policy development and implementation roles. She blends this understanding of health services and systems with her research expertise to undertake health services research particularly in relation to complex interventions. For example, her report and recommendations of the Magistrates Early Referral into Treatment program were incorporated in the subsequent programme roll-out across NSW, and then in the development of national policy. As an academic she has developed her interest in mixed methods health services research, incorporating both qualitative and quantitative methods. Her interest in health behaviour and chronic disease prevention is reflected in her current projects on developing a better understanding of factors contributing to preventable hospital admissions, the development of a program to support pregnant Aboriginal women to quit smoking, improving smoking cessation support during pregnancy, reducing exposure to secondhand smoke in the home and the economic impacts of chronic disease.

    Rachel Heah, University of Liverpool (UK)

    is a PhD candidate and Graduate Teaching Assistant in the Liverpool Law School. Her PhD research is on children’s rights in education and her research interests lie in children’s health, development and wellbeing.