Cultural Acceptability of a Smoking Relapse Prevention Intervention for Pregnant Women in Puerto Rico: Providers' Feedback

Hisp Health Care Int. 2011 Sep;9(3):117-126. doi: 10.1891/1540-4153.9.3.117.


Hispanic women are more likely than non-Hispanic women to quit smoking during pregnancy, indicating that relapse-prevention interventions may benefit this population. We conducted qualitative interviews with health care providers in Puerto Rico who serve pregnant women regarding the cultural acceptability of Libres Para Siempre Por Mi Bebé y Por Mi (transcreated from the English version, Forever Free for Baby and Me), a smoking relapse-prevention booklet series. Providers praised the overall quality of the content, interactive activities, vignettes, and partner booklet. Recommendations included condensing the content, and distributing the booklets during one-on-one counseling and via "charlas"(community themed presentations). Overall, these smoking relapse-prevention materials are culturally acceptable among health care providers, yet there is a need to attend to local cultural preferences for delivering the intervention.

Keywords: Puerto Rico; intervention; pregnancy; relapse; smoking.