Journal article

Randomized Trial of a Smartphone Mobile Application Compared to Text Messaging to Support Smoking Cessation

David B Buller, Ron Borland, Erwin P Bettinghaus, James H Shane, Donald E Zimmerman

Telemedicine Journal and e-Health | MARY ANN LIEBERT, INC | Published : 2014

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Text messaging has successfully supported smoking cessation. This study compares a mobile application with text messaging to support smoking cessation. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Young adult smokers 18-30 years old (n = 102) participated in a randomized pretest-posttest trial. Smokers received a smartphone application (REQ-Mobile) with short messages and interactive tools or a text messaging system (onQ), managed by an expert system. Self-reported usability of REQ-Mobile and quitting behavior (quit attempts, point-prevalence, 30-day point-prevalence, and continued abstinence) were assessed in posttests. RESULTS: Overall, 60% of smokers used mobile services (REQ-Mobile, 61%, mean of 1..

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