Department of Quantitative Health Sciences
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 Decide2Quit.org Web-assisted tobacco intervention using smokers (N=204) recruited via Google advertisements. These smokers were given access to Decide2Quit.org 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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AMIA Annu Symp Proc. 2012;2012:789-98. Epub 2012 Nov 3.
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Sadasivam RS, Allison JJ, Ray MN, Ford DE, Houston TK. (2012). Using a resource effect study pre-pilot to inform a large randomized trial: the Decide2Quit.Org Web-assisted tobacco intervention. Population and Quantitative Health Sciences Publications. Retrieved from https://escholarship.umassmed.edu/qhs_pp/1094
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