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J Am Med Inform Assoc. 2003 Jan-Feb;10(1):16-20.

Design and pilot evaluation of an internet smoking cessation program.

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  • 1University of California at San Diego and Section on Health Service Research, Veterans Administration San Diego Healthcare System, California 92161, USA. llenert@ucsd.edu

Abstract

Relatively little is known about how to use the Internet to promote health behavioral change. This article describes a multiple-contact Internet smoking cessation program with an 8-week web-based course, online tools for self-monitoring of behaviors, and computer-tailored e-mail messages timed to enrollees' quit efforts. In a pilot study in 49 smokers, we found that enrollees returned to the website a median of 2 times and completed an average of 2 of 8 educational modules. In follow-up, respondents (n = 26) rated e-mail and web components of the intervention as equally valuable (5.9 vs. 5.5 of 10, p = 0.44). While site had potentially important effects on smoking behaviors (34% of enrollees either quit smoking or had a 50% reduction in cigarette use), we were not able hold the interest of the majority of enrollees over the intervention period. Problems with the design of the site are discussed.

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PMC150356
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