Efficacy and cost-effectiveness of a minimal intervention to prevent smoking relapse: Dismantling the effects of amount of content versus contact

Thomas H. Brandon, Cathy D. Meade, Thaddeus A. Herzog, Thomas N. Chirikos, Monica S. Webb, Alan B. Cantor

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Abstract

Relapse prevention remains a major challenge to smoking cessation efforts. T. H. Brandon, B. N. Collins, L. M. Juliano, and A. B. Lazev (2000) found that a series of 8 empirically based relapse-prevention booklets mailed to ex-smokers over 1 year significantly reduced relapse. This study dismantled 2 components of that intervention: the amount of content (number of booklets) and the frequency of contact. Content and contact were crossed in a 2 × 2 factorial design. The criteria of at least 1 week of abstinence at baseline was met by 431 participants, 75%-85% of whom returned 12-, 18-, and 24-month follow-up questionnaires. Eight booklets produced consistently higher point-prevalence abstinence rates than did a single booklet, but frequency of contact did not affect outcome. Moreover, the high-content interventions were highly cost-effective.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)797-808
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of consulting and clinical psychology
Volume72
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 1 2004

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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