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J Altern Complement Med. 2006 Mar;12(2):147-52.

Comparing effects of auricular acupressure with and without an internet-assisted program on smoking cessation and self-efficacy of adolescents.

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Department of Applied Mathematics, Chung-Yuan Christian University, Chung-Li, Taiwan, Republic of China.

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

This study aimed to develop an Internet-assisted smoking cessation program accompanied with auricular acupressure, and compare the quit rate and self-efficacy of youth smokers receiving auricular acupressure with and without the Internet-assisted smoking cessation program.

DESIGN:

A Website was constructed on IBM Websphere 5.0 and DB2 database using HTML, Javascript, and JSP. A quasiexperimental research design was adopted. Subjects were assigned nonrandomly to two groups. Group 1 received auricular acupressure plus the Internet-assisted smoking cessation program, whereas group 2 received auricular acupressure only.

MEASUREMENTS:

The data of demographic factors, serum cotinine, quitting rate, nicotine dependence, and self-efficacy of subjects were collected before and after a 4-week intervention.

RESULTS:

After intervention, the quit rate was 15.78% in group 1 and 2.56% in group 2. Nicotine dependence was significantly lowered in group 1, but remained unchanged in group 2. The improvement of self-efficacy between groups 1 and 2 was significantly different.

CONCLUSIONS:

The combination of auricular acupressure and Internet-assisted smoking cessation program was more efficacious than auricular acupressure alone in terms of quit rate.

PMID:
16566674
DOI:
10.1089/act.2006.12.147
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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