Follow-up telephone counseling sessions double quit rate in Chinese study

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For the first time in China, a new study investigated the effectiveness of additional telephone follow-up counseling sessions after face-to-face smoking cessation counseling. This study, published in BioMed Central Public Health, compared the quit rates of two groups of Chinese men who received the same face-to-face counseling. One group received follow-up calls for additional telephone counseling, referred to as a “booster,” whereas the other group did not.

The additional telephone follow-up counseling sessions doubled the quit rate, demonstrating the “feasibility and acceptability of such interventions.” Findings from this study can serve as a model to guide future tobacco dependence treatment development in China and other middle- or low-income countries.

Source: BioMed Central