Journal article

Effects of timing of initiation and planning on smoking cessation outcomes: study protocol for a randomised controlled trial

Ron Borland, James Balmford, Elena Swift

BMC PUBLIC HEALTH | BMC | Published : 2013


BACKGROUND: Recent theoretical and empirical work has led to debate over the benefit of delaying the implementation of a decision to quit smoking in order to plan the attempt. These two need not be linked, planning can occur before a commitment to quit is made, or after it is implemented, as well as in between. This study will test whether there are independent benefits for encouraging smokers to act immediately on a definite decision to quit smoking, and to engage in structured planning. METHODS/DESIGN: A complex randomised controlled trial with a factorial design, testing the presence of a recommendation to quit immediately (or not) and encouragement to structured planning (or not) as addi..

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