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Evidence Mobilisation and Uncertainty in Smoking Cessation: A Multiple Case Study Examining the Training and Practices Around Electronic Cigarettes in Scotland

Event Name Evidence Mobilisation and Uncertainty in Smoking Cessation: A Multiple Case Study Examining the Training and Practices Around Electronic Cigarettes in Scotland
Start Date 10th Feb 2021 11:30am
End Date 10th Feb 2021 12:30pm
Duration 1 hour
Description

On 10 February, we welcome Kristina Kim (Social Policy, Edinburgh) to SKAPE as part of our annual seminar series.

Abstract:

How is evidence mobilised within situations of uncertainity in professional health education and practice? I aim to investigate this question by examining the role of electronic cigarettes in smoking cessation training, guidelines and practices in Scotland. Electronic cigarettes, also known as e-cigarettes, e-cigs and vapes, are currently one of the most popular smoking alternatives available to the public. Within academic, political and health spheres, however, e-cigarettes have been a source of uncertainty due to debates surrounding their safety, harm-benefit ratio and efficacy for smoking cessation. This project does not seek a definitive answer about the future of e-cigarettes; rather, it aims to explore how evidence is understood, interpreted and applied in practice; it asks, “how are smoking cessation services, trainers and practitioners mobilising evidence around e-cigarettes into their practice?” In this way, the project seeks to understand potential socio-cultural, political and/or normative factors that impact evidence mobilisation and management of uncertainty towards e-cigarettes within smoking cessation training, guidelines and practice in Scotland. 

At this stage in the research, I plan to reflect on my research design and preliminary reflections and findings from my Edinburgh-based pilot study. The purpose of the pilot study was to evaluate whether the proposed data collection approach of document analysis and semi-structured interviews will provide sufficient data for the project’s aims. It also aimed to aid case study selection by looking at one national to regional to local system of smoking cessation (i.e., Scotland <-> Lothian <-> City of Edinburgh), in order to inform case selection from the other NHS Scotland Health Board Smoking Cessation Services (SCS) (n=14).

The seminar will take place online via Zoom (for link details, please email the Co-Directors - if you are already a member/associate member of SKAPE, then you will receive a Zoom link two days before the start of the event).