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dc.contributor.authorAbdullah, Abu Saleh M.en_US
dc.contributor.authorLam, Tai-Hingen_US
dc.contributor.authorChan, Steve KKen_US
dc.contributor.authorLeung, Gabriel M.en_US
dc.contributor.authorChi, Irisen_US
dc.contributor.authorHo, Winnie WNen_US
dc.contributor.authorChan, Sophia SCen_US
dc.date.accessioned2011-12-29T23:25:12Z
dc.date.available2011-12-29T23:25:12Z
dc.date.copyright2008
dc.date.issued2008-10-6
dc.identifier.citationAbdullah, Abu Saleh M, Tai-Hing Lam, Steve KK Chan, Gabriel M Leung, Iris Chi, Winnie WN Ho, Sophia SC Chan. "Effectiveness of a mobile smoking cessation service in reaching elderly smokers and predictors of quitting." BMC Geriatrics 8:25. (2008)
dc.identifier.issn1471-2318
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/2144/2641
dc.description.abstractBACKGROUND: Different smoking cessation programmes have been developed in the last decade but utilization by the elderly is low. We evaluated a pilot mobile smoking cessation service for the Chinese elderly in Hong Kong and identified predictors of quitting. METHODS: The Mobile Smoking Cessation Programme (MSCP) targeted elderly smokers (aged 60 or above) and provided service in a place that was convenient to the elderly. Trained counsellors provided individual counselling and 4 week's free supply of nicotine replacement therapy (NRT). Follow up was arranged at 1 month by face-to-face and at 3 and 6 months by telephone plus urinary cotinine validation. A structured record sheet was used for data collection. The service was evaluated in terms of process, outcome and cost. RESULTS: 102 governmental and non-governmental social service units and private residential homes for the elderly participated in the MSCP. We held 90 health talks with 3266 elderly (1140 smokers and 2126 non-smokers) attended. Of the 1140 smokers, 365 (32%) received intensive smoking cessation service. By intention-to-treat, the validated 7 day point prevalence quit rate was 20.3% (95% confidence interval: 16.2%–24.8%). Smoking less than 11 cigarettes per day and being adherent to NRT for 4 weeks or more were significant predictors of quitting. The average cost per contact was US$54 (smokers only); per smoker with counselling: US$168; per self-reported quitter: US$594; and per cotinine validated quitter: US$827. CONCLUSION: This mobile smoking cessation programme was acceptable to elderly Chinese smokers, with quit rate comparable to other comprehensive programmes in the West. A mobile clinic is a promising model to reach the elderly and probably other hard to reach smokers.en_US
dc.description.sponsorshipElderly Commission Community Partnership Scheme of the Government of Hong Kong SAR (01-071)en_US
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.publisherBioMed Centralen_US
dc.rightsCopyright 2008 Abdullah et al; licensee BioMed Central Ltd. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.en_US
dc.rights.urihttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0
dc.titleEffectiveness of a Mobile Smoking Cessation Service in Reaching Elderly Smokers and Predictors of Quittingen_US
dc.typeArticleen_US
dc.identifier.doi10.1186/1471-2318-8-25
dc.identifier.pmid18837985
dc.identifier.pmcid2570661


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