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Indian J Cancer. 2018 Oct-Dec;55(4):390-393. doi: 10.4103/ijc.IJC_569_17.

Designing and validation of text messages for m-Health intervention for tobacco cessation and management.

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Department of Public Health Dentistry, Maulana Azad Institute of Dental Sciences, New Delhi, India.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Tobacco is a growing epidemic and tobacco-related death results in health consequences and lost economic opportunities. Tobacco cessation efforts mandate the use of multiple strategies to bring about behaviour change.

AIM:

To develop and validate health promotive text messages using transtheoretical model and prospect theory for behaviour change.

SETTINGS AND DESIGN:

The present observational study was conducted in a tertiary care hospital, Delhi among patients reporting at Tobacco Cessation Centre (TCC).

METHODS:

The study was divided into two phases: first involved development of text messages in local language (Hindi) using a sound theoretical basis (TTM and prospect theory) and second phase dealt with validation of the developed text messages by patients and experts in the field of tobacco cessation.

STATISTICAL ANALYSIS:

Descriptive statistics was obtained using the SPSS version 17.

RESULTS:

The sample comprised 20 males and 6 females. Average appeal score ranged from 6.1 to 9.6 (54 messages). Forty two messages out of a total of 54 messages were found to be appropriate after validation by the experts. Mean words of the final messages (42 messages) was 24.5 ± 1.3. Two hundred ninety one (90%) out of a total of 324 questionnaires showed adequate understanding of message as assessed by the reviewers.

CONCLUSIONS:

The current effort developed and validated health promotive text messages package to aid in tobacco cessation. The preventive text messages were grounded in evidence and sound theoretical basis and followed a standard validating procedure leading to satisfactory understanding and appeal in all domains.

KEYWORDS:

M-Health; prospect theory; text messaging; tobacco control; transtheoretical model

PMID:
30829276
DOI:
10.4103/ijc.IJC_569_17
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