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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Utilization of the Quitline Service for Smoking Cessation...

Wednesday, October 10, 2012  
Posted by: Natalia Gromov

Cosh S, Maksimovic L, Ettridge K, Copley D, Bowden JA. Aust J Prim Health. 2012 Jun 4. [Epub ahead of print]

This study explored use of the South Australian quitline by smokers identifying as Indigenous Australian in 2010. Results showed that the proportion of Indigenous and non-Indigenous smokers who registered for the service was comparable. Demographic variables and smoking addiction at time of registration were also similar between the two groups. However, Indigenous callers received significantly fewer callbacks than non-Indigenous callers, and were significantly less likely to set a quit date. In addition, significantly fewer Indigenous callers reported they were still successfully quit at 3 months. The authors call for more research to explore whether the service could be tailored to make it more engaging for Indigenous Australians who smoke.

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