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The Effects of a Multilingual Telephone Quitline for Asian Smokers: A Randomized Controlled Trial

Thursday, February 9, 2012  
Posted by: Natalia Gromov
Zhu SH, Cummins SE, Wong S, Gamst AC, Tedeschi GJ, Reyes-Nocon J. Journal of the National Cancer Institute. First published online January 25, 2012.
This study compared the efficacy of a culturally tailored counseling protocol and self-help materials to self-help materials alone for 2,277 Chinese-, Korean-, and Vietnamese-speaking smokers who were first-time callers to the Asian-language lines of the California Smokers’ Helpline. Results showed that telephone counseling doubled the odds of quitting compared to self-help materials in the study participants overall (counseling vs self-help, 16.4% vs 8.0%, difference = 8.4%, 95% confidence interval [CI] = 5.7% to 11.1%, P < .001), and within each of the three language groups. The authors conclude that the common counseling protocol could be effectively used with other Asian language speaking populations, and that such protocols should be incorporated into other quitlines, and possibly expanded to other languages.

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