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Randomised Controlled Trial of a Healthy Lifestyle Intervention Among Smokers with Psychotic

Monday, April 13, 2015  
Posted by: Natalia Gromov
Amanda L. Baker, Robyn Richmond, Frances J. Kay-Lambkin, Sacha L. Filia, David Castle, Jill M. Williams, Terry J. Lewin, Vanessa Clark, Robin Callister, and Natasha Weaver
Randomised Controlled Trial of a Healthy Lifestyle Intervention Among Smokers with Psychotic Disorders.
Nicotine Tob Res first published online March 5, 2015doi:10.1093/ntr/ntv039

People with severe mental disorders typically experience a range of health problems; consequently, interventions addressing multiple health behaviours may provide an efficient way to tackle this major public health issue. This two-arm randomised controlled trial among people with psychotic disorders examined the efficacy of nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) plus either a face-to-face or predominantly telephone delivered intervention for smoking cessation and cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk reduction.
The health disparity experienced by people with psychotic disorders is high. Face-to-face healthy lifestyle interventions appear to be feasible and somewhat effective. However, given the accessibility of telephone delivered interventions, potentially combined with lower cost, further studies are needed to evaluate telephone delivered smoking cessation and lifestyle interventions for people with psychotic disorders.

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