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Outcomes and Cost-effectiveness of Two Nicotine Replacement Treatment Delivery Models for a Quitline

Wednesday, July 13, 2011  
Posted by: Natalia Gromov
Saul JE, Lien R, Schillo B, Kavanaugh A, Wendling A, Luxenberg M, Greenseid L, An LC. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2011 May;8(5):1547-59. Epub 2011 May 13.

This study evaluated the Minnesota quitline's shift from distributing NRT using a single shipment of eight weeks of NRT, to a two-shipment protocol (five weeks followed by three weeks if callers continued with counseling). Callers in the eight-week two-shipment group completed significantly more calls (3.0) than callers in the five seek one-shipment group (2.4) or eight week single-shipment group (1.7) (p<0.001). However, there were no significant differences in 30-day point prevalence abstinence at seven months among the three groups. Assuming no difference in quit rates between the groups, cost-per-quit was lowest for the five week one-shipment group ($1,155). The authors conclude that while satisfaction rates increase among participants who receive more counseling and NRT, quit rates stay the same, even when controlling for demographic and tobacco use characteristics.

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