A Method for Assessing Fidelity of Delivery of Telephone Behavioral Support for Smoking Cessation
Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Posted by: Natalia Gromov
Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, Dec 2 , 2013,
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Lorencatto, Fabiana; West, Robert
This study aimed to extend this method to evaluate fidelity
of telephone-delivered behavioral support. A treatment manual and transcripts
of 75 audio-recorded behavioral support sessions were obtained from the United
Kingdom’s national Quitline service and coded into component behavior change
techniques (BCTs) using a taxonomy of 45 smoking cessation BCTs. Significantly
fewer BCTs were used than were reported as being used, The content of
telephone-delivered behavioral support can be reliably coded in terms of BCTs.
This can be used to assess fidelity to treatment manuals and to in turn
identify training needs. The observed low fidelity underlines the need to
establish routine procedures for monitoring delivery of behavioral support.