Txt2stop: a pilot randomised controlled trial of mobile phone-based smoking cessation support.


Free, C; Whittaker, R; Knight, R; Abramsky, T; Rodgers, A; Roberts, IG; (2009) Txt2stop: a pilot randomised controlled trial of mobile phone-based smoking cessation support. Tobacco control, 18 (2). pp. 88-91. ISSN 0964-4563 DOI: 10.1136/tc.2008.026146

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AIM: To conduct a pilot randomised controlled trial of mobile phone-based smoking cessation support intervention for the UK population. DESIGN: Randomised controlled trial (txt2stop). SETTING: Community. PARTICIPANTS: 200 participants responding to radio, poster and leaflet-based promotions regarding the trial. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: The response rate for the outcome measures planned for the main trial. Participants' qualitative responses to open-ended questions about the intervention content. Secondary outcomes were the outcomes planned for the main trial including the point prevalence of self-reported smoking at 4 weeks and pooled effect estimate for the short-term results for the STOMP and txt2stop trials. RESULTS: The response rate at 4 weeks was 96% and at 6 months was 92%. The results at 4 weeks show a doubling of self-reported quitting relative risk (RR) 2.08 (95% CI 1.11 to 3.89), 26% vs 12%. The pooled effect estimate combining txt2stop and a previous New Zealand trial in the short term is RR 2.18 (95% CI 1.79 to 2.65). CONCLUSIONS: Mobile phone-based smoking cessation is an innovative means of delivering smoking cessation support, which doubles the self-reported quit rate in the short term. It could represent an important, but as yet largely unused, medium to deliver age-appropriate public health measures. The long-term effect of this mobile phone-based smoking cessation support will be established by a large randomised controlled trial currently in recruitment.

Item Type: Article
Faculty and Department: Faculty of Epidemiology and Population Health > Dept of Medical Statistics
Faculty of Epidemiology and Population Health > Dept of Population Health (2012- ) > Dept of Nutrition and Public Health Interventions Research (2003-2012)
Faculty of Epidemiology and Population Health > Dept of Population Health (2012- )
Faculty of Public Health and Policy > Dept of Global Health and Development
Research Centre: Centre for Global Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs)
Social and Mathematical Epidemiology (SaME)
PubMed ID: 19318534
Web of Science ID: 264518700015
URI: http://researchonline.lshtm.ac.uk/id/eprint/5670

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