Assessing the effectiveness of Quitsure mobile application for smoking cessation: A Randomized Controlled Trial
Smoking remains a leading risk factor for early death and disability. In this context, mobile phone applications (apps) are increasingly used and have several advantages in terms of their inexpensiveness, scalability to large populations, interactivity. In India, a theory-based app for smoking cessation, the Quitsure app was designed to provide support to smokers who are willing to quit. This app provides daily sessions with text and video content, and quick exercises keep the users engaged, and guide them through the process of quitting smoking. Hence this study aims to test the effectiveness of the Quitsure app compared with a control group receiving Tobacco Cessation counselling using self-reported smoking abstinence, breath carbon monoxide (CO) and salivary cotinine (SC)-verified smoking abstinence as primary outcomes. Objectives are
a) To determine the smoking quit rates in both test and control groups at 2 weeks, 1 month and 3 months: with Point Prevalence abstinence (PPA) at the 3 months follow-up assessment.
b) To assess breath Carbon Monoxide verified smoking abstinence at 2 weeks, 1 month and 3 months.
c) To assess salivary Cotinine verified smoking abstinence at 3 months.
The participants in the QS-APP group will be instructed to download and use ‘Quitsure app’. Next, participants will input their demographic information and complete an assessment. The app provides daily sessions with text and video content, and quick exercises. The participants in the TCC group will receive individual counselling at baseline with two follow-up counselling sessions at 15 days and 1 month.
Nayak, Prajna P., "Assessing the effectiveness of Quitsure mobile application for smoking cessation: A Randomized Controlled Trial" (2022). Health collection. 22.