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Preventing Smoking Relapse via Web-Based Computer-Tailored Feedback: A Randomized Controlled Trial.

Thursday, September 13, 2012  
Posted by: Natalia Gromov
Elfeddali I, Bolman C, Candel MJJM, Wiers R, de Vries H. J Med Internet Res 2012;14(4):e109.
This study compared two web-based computer-tailored smoking relapse prevention programs with different types of planning strategies versus a control group. The action planning (AP) program provided tailored feedback at baseline and invited respondents to do six preparatory and coping planning assignments (three prior to and three after the quit date). The action planning plus (AP+) program was an extended version of the AP program, with 11 additional time points where tailored feedback was provided after the quit attempt. Control group respondents completed questionnaires but received no tailored feedback. Results showed that quit rates were significantly higher in the AP program (33%) and AP+ program (31%) than in the control group (22%). Results also suggested a dose-response relationship between abstinence and the number of program elements completed by the respondents. The authors concluded that web-based computer-tailored programs combined with planning strategy assignments and feedback after the quit attempt can be effective in preventing relapse 12 months after baseline, although they note that adherence to the intervention is critical. They also call for more research to assess the optimum intervention dose.

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