Combining women's preferences and expert advice to design a tailored smoking cessation program

Judith R. Katzburg, Elizabeth M. Yano, Donna L. Washington, Melissa M. Farmer, Ellen F.T. Yee, Steven Fu, Irene Trowell-Harris, Scott E. Sherman

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We designed a patient-centered smoking cessation program for women in 2004/2005, incorporating women's preferences and expert opinion. Our four-step process included: (1) concept-development focus groups; (2) an expert panel; (3) concept-testing focus groups, and (4) a pilot study. Data analyses occurred in 2004-2007. The new program offered options: the traditional Veterans Health Administration (VA) male-dominated program was the least selected option in the pilot study. Patients can be effectively involved in program development. The study's implications and limitations are noted. This research (conducted in Los Angeles, California) was funded by the American Legacy Foundation with additional VA support.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2114-2137
Number of pages24
JournalSubstance Use and Misuse
Issue number14
StatePublished - Nov 23 2009

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
We gratefully acknowledge the contributions of the following agencies: Veterans Affairs Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System and the VA HSR&D Center for the Study of Healthcare Provider Behavior for additional resources and support (Project # 012), American Legacy Foundation for funding this research project, and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality for funding Dr. Katzburg’s postdoctoral fellowship which provided support during part of this project. We would also like to acknowledge the following individuals for their support of this project and for participating in the expert panel: Kim Hamlett-Berry, Ph.D, Ines V. Poza, Ph.D, Carole Turner, MSN and Callie Wight, MA. Address correspondence to Judith R. Katzburg, PhD. E-mail:


  • Consumer focus
  • Expert panel
  • Smoking cessation
  • Tailored
  • Women veterans

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