Title:

Mobile Phone-Based Interventions for Smoking Cessation

URL: http://www.healthevidence.org/view-article.aspx?a=mobile-phone-based-interventions-smoking-cessation-29461
Summary:

This Cochrane systematic review (2016) found that evidence supports a beneficial impact of mobile phone-based smoking cessation interventions on six-month cessation outcomes.

Highlights:

"MAIN RESULTS: This updated search identified 12 studies with six-month smoking cessation outcomes, including seven studies completed since the previous review. The interventions were predominantly text messaging-based, although several paired text messaging with in-person visits or initial assessments. Two studies gave pre-paid mobile phones to low-income human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)-positive populations - one solely for phone counselling, the other also included text messaging. One study used text messages to link to video messages. Control programmes varied widely. Studies were pooled according to outcomes - some providing measures of continuous abstinence or repeated measures of point prevalence; others only providing 7-day point prevalence abstinence. All 12 studies pooled using their most rigorous 26-week measures of abstinence provided an RR of 1.67 (95% CI 1.46 to 1.90; I2 = 59%). Six studies verified quitting biochemically at six months (RR 1.83; 95% CI 1.54 to 2.19)."

 

"AUTHORS' CONCLUSIONS: The current evidence supports a beneficial impact of mobile phone-based smoking cessation interventions on six-month cessation outcomes. While all studies were good quality, the fact that those studies with biochemical verification of quitting status demonstrated an even higher chance of quitting further supports the positive findings. However, it should be noted that most included studies were of text message interventions in high-income countries with good tobacco control policies. Therefore, caution should be taken in generalizing these results outside of this type of intervention and context."

Topics: Health Promotion, Tobacco
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Resource Type: strategies and interventions
Publisher: Cochrane Foundation
Date Last Updated: 2016-06-03 08:37:04

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