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Department of Quantitative Health Sciences

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Electronic Mail; Health Promotion; Internet; Smoking Cessation


Behavior and Behavior Mechanisms | Health Information Technology | Health Services Administration | Public Health Education and Promotion | Substance Abuse and Addiction


Resource effect studies can be useful in highlighting areas of improvement in informatics tools. Before a large randomized trial, we tested the functions of the Web-assisted tobacco intervention using smokers (N=204) recruited via Google advertisements. These smokers were given access to for six months and we tracked their usage and assessed their six months cessation using a rigorous follow-up. Multiple, interesting findings were identified: we found the use of tailored emails to dramatically increase participation for a short period. We also found varied effects of the different functions. Functions supporting "seeking social support" (Your Online Community and Family Tools), Healthcare Provider Tools, and the Library had positive effects on quit outcomes. One surprising finding, which needs further investigation, was that writing to our Tobacco Treatment Specialists was negatively associated with quit outcomes.


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Copyright ©2012 AMIA. This is an Open Access article: verbatim copying and redistribution of this article are permitted in all media for any purpose.


AMIA Annu Symp Proc. 2012;2012:789-98. Epub 2012 Nov 3.

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AMIA ... Annual Symposium proceedings / AMIA Symposium. AMIA Symposium

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