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Impact on Quit Attempts of Mailed General Practitioner 'Brief Advice' Letters

Tuesday, November 9, 2010  
Posted by: Natalia Gromov
Impact on Quit Attempts of Mailed General Practitioner 'Brief Advice' Letters Plus Nicotine Replacement Therapy Vouchers
Watson D, Bullen C, Clover M, McRobbie H, Parag V, Walker N. J Prim Health Care. 2010 Mar;2(1):4-10.
This study tested the acceptability and feasibility of a personalized letter from primary care practitioners advising smokers together with a one-month voucher for nicotine gum, and whether it prompts quit attempts. Quitline calls were not significantly higher from the intervention district, but NRT voucher redemptions were significantly higher from the district that was assigned to receive the letter and voucher. Almost 9% of the vouchers were redeemed for NRT. Primary care physicians found the strategy very acceptable. The authors conclude that this strategy shows potential as a simple way to increase the number of smokers making supported quit attempts through primary care, and that a randomized trial is warranted.

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