Suitability of a Group Behavioural Therapy Module for Workplace Smoking Cessation Programs in Malaysia: a Pilot Study

  • Maarof, Muhammad Faizal (Faculty of Pharmacy, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia) ;
  • Ali, Adliah Mhd (Faculty of Pharmacy, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia) ;
  • Amit, Noh (Health Psychology Program, Faculty of Health Sciences, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia) ;
  • Bakry, Mohd Makmor (Faculty of Pharmacy, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia) ;
  • Taha, Nur Akmar (Faculty of Pharmacy, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia)
  • Published : 2016.02.05


In Malaysia, data on components suitability the established smoking cessation module is limited. This exploratory study aimed to evaluate the suitability of the components developed in the module for group behavioural therapy in workplace smoking cessation programs. Twenty staff were identified but only eight individuals were selected according to the study criteria during the recruitment period in May 2014. Focus group discussion was conducted to identify themes relevant to the behavioural issues among smokers. Thematic analysis yielded seven major themes which were reasons for regular smoking, reasons for quitting, comprehending smoking characteristics, quit attempt experiences, support and encouragement, learning new skills and behaviour, and preparing for lapse/relapse or difficult situations. As a result, the developed module was found to be relevant and suitable for use based on these themes.


Group behavioural therapy;smoking cessation;workplace;qualitative study;Malaysia


Supported by : Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia


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