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Researchers at the University of Oxford recently held a stakeholder workshop to inform future research priorities for the Cochrane Tobacco Addiction Group as part of the group's 20th anniversary. The stakeholder engagement forms part of a wider School funded study to gather evidence to inform smokers and healthcare providers of ways to prevent or stop smoking.

The workshop followed a two-stage research prioritisation survey, which generated over 680 questions from more than 300 people, 183 of which are currently unanswered by research. The workshop set out to hone down these questions into a set of actionable priorities for the CTAG group and wider research community, as well as to develop new insights into how systematic reviews by the group can be better disseminated to inform policy and practice.

The workshop attendees highlighted 8 key research themes, with the final consensus exercise identifying “addressing inequalities” as the priority theme for future research.  This includes questions such as supporting people in hard-to-reach and low socioeconomic groups to quit, and finding the most effective interventions and preventative strategies. Read more.