Research
Mumbai worksite Tobacco Control Study

The project is going on in collaboration with Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Harvard School of Public Health (United States of America).This is a 5 year study started in 2010 and projected to be completed in 2015.

Taking the Bihar School Teacher Study as a model, The Mumbai Worksite Tobacco Research has been initiated to design and test an intervention for tobacco cessation aimed at manufacturing worksites in the Mumbai, Thane and Raigad districts in Maharashtra, India by using a randomized control trial.

Objectives:

  • To assess the efficacy of the comprehensive tobacco control intervention in terms of two outcomes: increased cessation of tobacco use among workers (primary outcome),
  • Increased adoption and enforcement of worksite tobacco control policies (secondary outcome).

If demonstrated to be effective, this study will result in a tested worksite tobacco control intervention ready for dissemination in India, and will be able to inform worksite tobacco control in other developing countries. Healis will make this tested intervention product available for dissemination through its network of collaborators, including American Cancer Society (ACS) through their ACS University, Tata Memorial Center (TMC), and other members of the Advisory Board.

Research Methodology:

This research is designed to provide an evidence-base for the next phase of tobacco control efforts in India by testing a comprehensive tobacco control intervention in worksites. This randomized controlled trial uses the worksite as the unit of intervention and randomization. Following the recruitment of 20 worksites which is currently ongoing, baseline assessments and randomization will take place assigning them to study condition on a rolling basis, thereby staggering the workflow over a 12-month start-up period. Process evaluation is being used to assess the adaptation process within worksites, the extent of implementation of the intervention in worksites adopting the program, and worker participation in the program in worksites implementing the program. Worksites assigned to the delayed intervention condition will receive an abbreviated intervention following administration of the post-intervention survey and followed by data analysis which will help answer the key outcomes the project aims to address.

Current Status:

All 20 worksites have been recruited and a baseline survey has been completed in 16 of those worksites. Randomization of 3 Blocks have been done & intervention activities have started in 4 worksites. All the materials for intervention development have been concluded along with health education training of the field investigators who will be delivering the programs.

 
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