Trial of physical Activity assisted Reduction of Smoking (TARS): Recruitment experiences
  • Meeting Room 2, ITTC Building, Plymouth Science Park

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This informal seminar is presented by Adrian Taylor, Associate Dean for Research at the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry.

The Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry is leading an NIHR funded multi-centre trial to assess if a health trainer led intervention, to support reduction in smoking and increases in physical activity, can help smokers who don’t want to quit but do want to reduce. The aim is to recruit 240 participants across Plymouth, Nottingham, Oxford and South London (St George's) from primary care and the community over an initial period of 3-4 months (up until May) in an internal pilot phase before progressing to a full trial to recruit a total of 900 participants. Five years ago we conducted an NIHR funded pilot trial (Exercise Assisted Reduction of Smoking; EARS) in Plymouth, which suggested recruitment was feasible. 

This session will explore the challenges experienced so far in the first 2-3 months, including much lower response rates from mailed GP invitations than in the EARS pilot, and the actions we are taking to find alternative ways to recruit. Hopefully the session will elicit new possibilities in this interactive seminar.

Contact laura.gill@plymouth.ac.uk to book a place.

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