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Computerized Decision Aids to Facilitate Smoking Cessation Efforts in Underserved Communities

Wednesday, June 23, 2010  
Feasibility of a Spanish/English Computerized Decision Aid to Facilitate Smoking Cessation Efforts in Underserved Communities
Cupertino AP, Richter K, Cox LS, Garrett S, Ramirez R, Mujica F, Ellerbeck EF. Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved. May 2010;21(2):504-517

This study examined a computer-based, bilingual smoking cessation decision aid to asses whether it facilitated use of nicotine dependence treatment resources. A computer kiosk with a smoking cessation decision aid was installed at three safety-net clinics and two health fairs. The kiosk asked participants about smoking behaviors, helped them set a quit date and select treatment, provided printed materials, and prompted fax-referral to a telephone quitline. 163 smokers were referred to the kiosk, and 78.5% participated. Of participants, 95.3% requested cessation medications, and 70.3% selected counseling. Of those reached for follow-up (69.5%), over one in five (20.2%) reported they had quit smoking at 2 months. The authors conclude that Spanish/English computerized decision aids are feasible and can facilitate use of effective treatments for smoking cessation among underserved smokers.

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