Systematic review: Mobile phone-based interventions for smoking cessation (2)

1 August, 2018

Here is a recent study from India: [*see note below]

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Prof. Suptendra Nath Sarbadhikari, MBBS, PhD

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HIFA profile: Supten Sarbadhikari is Founder and Director of Supten Institute in India and Visiting Professor of Health Informatics at BIHS, Dhaka, Bangladesh. He has been the Editor-in-Chief of the Indian Journal of Medical Informatics (2007-2010) and is an Associate Editor (2012-2014) of the Springer journal Network Modeling Analysis in Health Informatics and Bioinformatics (NetMAHIB) and also an Associate Editor for the International Journal of User-Driven Healthcare (IJUDH). Currently he is the Chair (2011-2013) and Chair, Education Committee (2009-2013) of HL7 India. Currently he is the Project Director, Centre for Health Informatics, National Health Portal of India. He is a member of the HIFA 2012 Challenge Team responsible for mental health information for citizens, mothers and families. Supten AT

[*Note from HIFA moderator (Neil PW): Thank you, Suptendra. For the benefit of those without immediate web access, here is the citation and abstract:

Gopinathan P, Kaur J, Joshi S, et al Self-reported quit rates and quit attempts among subscribers of a mobile text messaging-based tobacco cessation programme in India BMJ Innovations Published Online First: 25 July 2018. doi: 10.1136/bmjinnov-2018-000285


Introduction: In 2015, as part of the WHO and International Telecommunication Union’s ‘Be Healthy Be Mobile’ initiative using mobile technology to combat non-communicable diseases, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and the Ministry of Communication and Information Technology in India developed a short text message-based mobile health programme (the ‘mCessation’ programme) to support tobacco users to quit tobacco use.

Objectives: To evaluate the effectiveness of the mCessation programme by estimating quit rates and quit attempts among registered subscribers of the programme and to understand subscriber perceptions of the programme.

Methods: Subscribers to the mCessation (QuitNow) programme were telephonically interviewed 4–6?months after registration. A total of 12?502 calls were made, and completed responses recorded from 3362 ever tobacco users. A total of 6978 respondents either gave very few responses or refused to participate in the telephonic survey. Never tobacco users (1935) and subscribers to the mDiabetes programme (227) were excluded from the sample.

Results: A large proportion of registrants (1935 out of 12?502 respondents) were found to be never users. The quit rate (estimated as those who stated they had not had any tobacco in the past 30 days at 4–6 months after registering with the programme from the total sample (excluding never smokers and mDiabetes registrants)) was 19%. Sixty-six per cent of registered subscribers who were current tobacco users had made quit attempts in the period between registration and survey. Seventy-seven per cent of respondents reported that the programme was helpful/very?helpful to quit tobacco.

Conclusion: The mCessation programme has successfully helped tobacco users in India to quit tobacco by motivating and supporting registered participants through mobile text messages.]