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Development of a lung health intervention in the workplace

Not only does Hull have the highest number of smokers, it also has the highest number of lung cancer deaths in Yorkshire.

About the trial

According to the Office for National Statistics, more people in manual and routine jobs reported that they smoked in 2019 compared to other fields, such as people working in managerial and professional roles. This suggests that people working in manual and routine jobs are an important group to target to help challenge the inequalities in Hull's lung cancer outcomes.

This study will use the successful approaches developed from the PEOPLE-Hull study in workplaces with mostly manual/routine workers, using experience in developing media and community-based strategies to promote lung health, particularly in increasing the awareness of lung cancer symptoms. 

The study aims to build on this by adapting the strategies specifically for use in workplaces and looks to combine the symptom awareness work with quitting smoking programmes.

This two-part study consists of intervention development and a feasibility study. It will approach large Hull employers to recruit them to the study. The aim is to recruit two companies with more than 500 employees (manual and routine occupations) for the intervention development phase and one or more companies for the feasibility phase. The target population is adult workers (n=1,090). 

Lead researcher

Dr Julie Walabyeki

Research Fellow, University of Hull

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