Journal article

The effectiveness of callback counselling for smoking cessation: a randomized trial

R Borland, CJ Segan, PM Livingston, N Owen

ADDICTION | WILEY | Published : 2001

Abstract

AIMS: The development of acceptable, widely available and effective smoking cessation methods is central to public health strategy for tobacco control. We examined the effectiveness of a telephone callback counselling intervention, compared to the provision of self-help resources alone. METHODS: Participants were 998 smokers calling a state-wide "Quitline" service randomly allocated to either callback counselling or ordinary care. The callback condition consisted of a series of brief counselling calls at strategic times in addition to ordinary care. The number of calls varied according to caller needs, and most occurred generally just before the person's quit day and in the week or two after..

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