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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 whether the combination of a personalized letter from a health care provider advising that a patient quit smoking and a voucher for one month of nicotine gum prompts tobacco users to make a quit attempt in Auckland, New Zealand. Calls to the Quitline and vouchers redeemed at pharmacies were measured both before and after the intervention. Results showed that calls to the quitline were not significantly higher between the intervention district and the comparison district, but NRT voucher redemptions were significantly higher. Almost 9% of the vouchers that were sent out were redeemed for NRT. The authors conclude that the study shows a promising mechanism to increase the number of supported quit attempts through primary care and call for a larger randomized trial.

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