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Young mothers and smoking: Evidence of an evidence gap

McDermott, E. and Graham, G. (2006) Young mothers and smoking: Evidence of an evidence gap. Social Science & Medicine, 63 (6). pp. 1546-1549. ISSN 0277-9536

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The contribution of qualitative research to the development of public health policy is increasingly recognised, with systematic reviews established as the methodology of choice for mapping and assessing evidence. Identifying research gaps is an essential part of the review process, and is integral to developing a sound evidence base for policy. The paper reports on a planned systematic review of qualitative research on teenage mothers and smoking terminated because of such a gap. The review raises questions about the narrow range of evidence on which smoking cessation interventions for this disadvantaged group are based, with the paucity of information on young mothers’ experiences potentially limiting the development of effective smoking cessation interventions for teenage mothers.

Item Type: Article
Institution: The University of York
Academic Units: The University of York > Health Sciences (York)
Depositing User: York RAE Import
Date Deposited: 16 Feb 2009 16:11
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2009 16:11
Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.socscimed.2006.03.025
Status: Published
Publisher: Elsevier Science B.V., Amsterdam.
Identification Number: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2006.03.025
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/7515

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