Journal article

Population-level effects of automated smoking cessation help programs: a randomized controlled trial

Ron Borland, James Balmford, Peter Benda

ADDICTION | WILEY | Published : 2013


AIMS: To test the population impact of offering automated smoking cessation interventions via the internet and/or by mobile phone. DESIGN: Pragmatic randomized controlled trial with five conditions: offer of (i) minimal intervention control; (ii) QuitCoach personalized tailored internet-delivered advice program; (iii) onQ, an interactive automated text-messaging program; (iv) an integration of both QuitCoach and onQ; and (v) a choice of either alone or the combined program. SETTING: Australia, via a mix of internet and telephone contacts. PARTICIPANTS: A total of 3530 smokers or recent quitters recruited from those interested in quitting, and seeking self-help resources (n = 1335) or cold-co..

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Awarded by National Health and Medical Research Council, Australia

Funding Acknowledgements

This research was supported by the National Health and Medical Research Council, Australia, grant number 396405. JB is currently employed part-time, through the University of Freiburg, Germany, on a project funded by a Pfizer Global Health Partnership. This work is unrelated to this research, which is part of his other employment at The Cancer Council Victoria.