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Mobile Phone-based Interventions for Smoking Cessation.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012  
Posted by: Natalia Gromov
Whittaker R, McRobbie H, Bullen C, Borland R, Rodgers A, Gu Y. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2012 Nov 14;11:CD006611.

This Cochrane review examined mobile phone-based interventions, and whether they are effective at helping smokers quit. Randomized or quasi-randomized trials were included in the review of any type of mobile phone-based intervention. Five studies with at least six month cessation outcomes were included. Three studies involved a purely text messaging intervention, one study was a multi-arm study of a text messaging intervention and an internet QuitCoach separately and in combination, and the final study involved a video messaging intervention delivered via the mobile phone. Results showed that when results were pooled, mobile phone interventions were shown to increase six month quit rates compared with control programs (RR 1.71, 95% CI 1.47-1.99). The authors conclude that more research is required into other forms of mobile phone-based interventions for smoking cessation, other contexts such as low income countries, and cost-effectiveness.

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