NCI Funds SmartQuit App Trial
The National Cancer Institute has awarded a behavioral scientist and faculty member at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center with a five-year, $3.1 million grant to conduct a randomized controlled trial of SmartQuit.
SmartQuit is a smoking-cessation app based on Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), which “focuses on increasing one’s willingness to accept the physical, mental and emotional challenges of quitting while also encouraging commitment to engage in values-based bePreviewhavior change,” according to a statement from the center.
Jonathan Bricker, a behavioral scientist and faculty member at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, will use this trial to build upon his previous study with 196 participants which found that SmartQuit users were 2.5 to 3 times more likely to quit than those who try to quit on their own.
Bricker plans to update the app and then launch a nationwide, randomized controlled trial of SmartQuit to determine whether it is effective for smoking cessation.