The Project

IntroductionWork PackagesProject Outcomes
TOB-G project aims to develop and implement an innovative and cost effective approach to prevent chronic diseases related to tobacco dependence. The specialized guidelines for high risks groups will be developed according to ENSP’s evidence based and good practices in tobacco cessation. High risk populations are considered those who suffer from cardiovascular diseases, COPD, type 2 diabetes, adolescents & pregnant women.

The project fits perfectly the objectives and priorities of the 3rd Health Programme, as it will assist health professionals to provide guidance and targeted prevention to high risk populations engaged to the unfavourable lifestyle of smoking. Training primary care physicians addresses the lack of specialist doctors in EU and increases access to tobacco cessation specialists. TOB-G project will enhance the overall European capacity in the treatment of tobacco dependence, thus, in the prevention of chronic diseases, through offering smoking cessation tools, appropriately assessed and fitted to the specific needs of high risk groups.

The developed guidelines will contain strategies and quit_smokingrecommendations designed to assist health professionals in delivering and supporting effective treatment of dependence on tobacco. Recommendations will be made as a result of scientific reviews and evidence of good practices from scientific groups that will consist of health professionals of different expertise.

To monitor the quality of the approach a pilot implementation of the tobacco cessation will be conducting for each group. The assessment of the effectiveness of the tobacco cessation guidelines will be the primary aim of the scientific groups and will be measured by the number of people quitting smoking after the pilot implementation. Since the tobacco cessation guidelines will be addressed to health professionals, the partnership will develop and implement an e-learning training for guidelines use.

The project is divided in six Work Packages to ensure the smooth and successful implementation and delivery of the project’s results.

TOB-G workpackages

WP1 Coordination of the project

The first work package contains all the monitoring and coordinating activities for the proper management of the project. Collaborative group meetings, a steering committee and the management team are established while an external advisory board has been composed to provide validation of the outputs of the project.

 WP2 Dissemination of the project

The consortium has developed a dissemination strategy from the early staged of the project to ensure the dissemination of the project’s results to the competent authorities and experts. The second work package aims at stimulating the interest and attention of the scientific community as well as that of the policy makers both at national and European level. The dissemination activities include among others, activities as dissemination & exploitation planning, contacting medical associations, potentially interested organizations and experts on the field in each participating country and personal contact networks, participation to annual conferences of medical professions in national and European level, address informative letters to scientific communities and health professionals of the different target groups in the Union (gynecologists, cardiologists, diabetologists, endocrinologists, pathologist etc.), organize consultation meetings and presentation of the results in a conference conducted by the coordinators of the project and use of social media and online tools – newsletters, press releases, website, logo etc.

WP3 Evaluation of the project

Crucial for the efficient implementation of the project is the evaluation strategy. The third work package includes the evaluation strategy to be followed throughout the project’s lifecycle and specifies the procedures and standards for the implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the project, according to specific performance & quality indicators. Action to be taken under this work package are: Quality control, evaluation and validation planning to specify methods and tools, training material and evaluation, technical system Validation & Evaluation (e-learning and professional networking platform, quality assurance methods throughout project duration and summative evaluation of project outcomes at the end.

WP4 Development of the project/ development of a specialized set of tobacco control guidelines for five (5) high-risk groups

The fourth work package aims to develop a specialised set of tobacco cessation guidelines for five different high risk groups, addressed to health professionals. These groups are composed of people who suffer or are likely to develop cardiovascular diseases, chronic respiratory diseases and diabetes, as well as, adolescents and pregnant women. Moreover, this work package will provide the basic methodological framework for the implementation of the next phases of the project.

 Situation analysis and needs assessment

The starting point of the project is for the partnership to perform a situation analysis and assessment of the problem addressed in order to set the grounds for the development and implementation of the specialized guidelines for tobacco cessation. This part will make use of: (a) literature review about smoking habits in the Union focus on each high risk group, how much they smoke, reasons for not stopping smoking etc; (b) collection of information for tobacco cessation guidelines and tobacco cessation services across the Union (c) experts workshops for each target group.

Development of the specialized set of tobacco cessation guidelines for five high risk groups.

The tobacco cessation guidelines will be addressed to health professionals which are the primary target group. The development of those guidelines will be based on: a) ENSP guidelines: which provide valid scientific base and proven good practices and b) ERS Tobacco Control Committee (TCC which provides useful informative material and scientific reviews of the health hazards of smoking through their website SmokeHaz. Each tobacco cessation guideline will be addressed to a different high risk group which faces different health risks and needs special treatment. Thus, the guidelines developed which will be addressed to a different group of health professionals will take into consideration each professions’ needs and challenges.

WP5 Pilot implementation of tobacco cessation guidelines

The fifth work package aims to pilot the tobacco cessation guidelines produced by the scientific groups, so as to assess their effectiveness and usefulness and acquire important feedback for improvements. Piloting the tobacco cessation guidelines is a crucial phase of this project since it will provide valuable information to the scientific groups responsible for its implementation, so as to assess and correct the guidelines.  The final guidelines are expected to be a coherent cost effective approach to tobacco cessation for high risk groups.

WP6 Training of health professionals

The sixth work package includes all the necessary activities in order to develop an e-learning platform and to deliver an on-line course, addressed to health professionals, so as to use the tobacco cessation guidelines successfully for the benefit of the patients that belong to each high risk population. One of the aims of the project is to develop health professional’s skills on smoking cessation. Thus, training health professionals to use the guidelines and provide each health profession with specific information about each high risk group is the foundation for the success of the project. In this framework, the project intents to:

(a) Improve health literacy of health professionals by obtaining new skills and knowledge about smoking related health risks and tobacco cessation programs

(b) Give the opportunity to health professionals from different expertise to participate in online forums in order to exchange experience, ideas and queries

(c) Produce training e-learning material addressed to health professionals in all European countries available in the web-site of the project for each health profession separately

Methodology infographic

 

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The main project outcome is a set of smoking cessation guidelines that will be developed based on the specific needs of high risk groups which are the target group of the project. The guidelines developed will contain strategies and recommendations designed to assist health professionals in delivering and supporting effective treatment of tobacco dependence. Recommendations will be made as a result of scientific reviews and evidence of good practices   from scientific groups that will consist of health professionals of different expertise in Europe.

E-LEARNING COURSE FOR HEALTH PROFESSIONALS

An e-course addressed to health professionals will be developed based on the finalized Tobacco Cessation Guidelines. The e-course will be hosted on an e-learning platform designed for the needs of the TOB-G project. The e-course and the platform will be available after the end of the project.

E-learning training sessions will be offered to a minimum of 100 health professionals at the end of the project on how to successfully implement the Tobacco Cessation Guidelines to their patients.

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EXPECTED IMPACT

The expected impact of the TOB-G project outcomes will be:

  • More effective and appropriate treatment of tobacco dependence
  • Quicker diagnosis of tobacco related diseases
  • Long term prevention of tobacco related diseases (healthier babies and adults, less medical complications, fewer deaths);
  • Better trained physicians and practitioners
  • Promote healthy lifestyles &
  • Promote healthy role-models.

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Guidelines

The draft version of the TOB.g guidelines have been developed and soon will be released to the general public. The “Smoking Cessation Guidelines for High Risk Groups” were a result of scientific and evidence-based research conducted by working groups of health professionals and experts in tobacco cessation for the subgroups of the project.

The smoking cessation guidelines contain 5 chapters with specialized smoking cessation interventions for:

(a) Patients with Cardiovascular Diseases,

(b) Patients with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease,

(c) Patients with Diabetes,

(d) during Pregnancy and the Postpartum Period and

(e) Adolescents.

The guidelines contain related literature and recommendations for each group.

The Table of Contents for each chapter is now available while in a later stage the guidelines will be fully released.

1. Smoking Cessation in Patients with Cardiovascular Diseases
2. Smoking Cessation during Pregnancy and the Postpartum Period
3. Smoking Cessation in Patients with Diabetes
4. Tobacco Cessation Interventions for Adolescents
5. Smoking Cessation in Patients with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

Partners

ENSP

ENSP

European Network for Smoking and Tobacco Prevention

ENSP is a European network with significant experience on matters relevant to tobacco prevention and
cessation and members from most of the EU Member States, as well as other European countries. ENSP, which has published general Smoking Cessation Guidelines, serves also as a platformof best practices for policy analysis, advocacy, research and capacity‐building.

LEAD: Cornel Radu Loghin, Dominick Nguyen

Website: http://www.ensp.org

KEELPNO

KEELPNO

The Hellenic Center for Disease Control and Prevention

The Hellenic Center for Disease Control and Prevention (KEELPNO) is a main National Public Health
Organization in Greece working, also, on prevention, increasing awareness of community; on health promotion; and on giving an emphasis upon issues related to tobacco cessation. KEELPNO’s highly qualified, multidisciplinary personnel has a strong experience in managing and coordinating projects on Public Health sector and it is comprised by experts on financial, project and risk management.

LEAD: Panagiotis K. Behrakis, Constantine Vardavas

Website: http://www.keelpno.gr/

TFRI

TFRI

The Tobacco Free Research Institute Ireland

TFRI is an Irish organization, aiming at providing an evidence base for creating a tobacco free society. TFRI has experience in research and monitoring of tobacco related issues throughout Europe and has published scientific papers on cessation services, while it has also delivered Smoking Cessation Services in Dublin.

LEAD: Luke Clancy

Website: http://www.tri.ie/

CMT Prooptiki Ltd

CMT Prooptiki Ltd

CMT is a consulting firm with significant experience in the health care sector offering among other evaluation services on interventions, projects and programmes mainly in issues relevant to health promotion and policy.

LEAD: Tasos Mastroyiannakis

Website: http://www.cmtprooptiki.gr/

S.C.ANLET MED S.R.L

S.C.ANLET MED S.R.L

S.C.ANLET MED S.R.L. has specialized on clinical research in respiratory diseases and offers consultancy and training services, as well as support in the field of tobacco use and addiction.

LEAD: Antigona Trofor

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