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Q In daily smokers, is telephone care more effective than standard care for smoking cessation?
Clinical impact ratings GP/FP/Primary care ★★★★★☆☆ Internal medicine ★★★★☆☆☆ Public health ★★★★★☆☆
randomised controlled trial.
unclear allocation concealment.*
blinded (data collectors).*
Follow up period:
5 Veteran Affairs medical centres (VAMCs) in Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota, USA.
838 daily smokers (mean age 57 y, 90% men) who were willing to quit within 30 days. Participants who did not have a telephone number, had speech or hearing problems, were unwilling to receive telephone counselling, or were currently taking smoking cessation medications were excluded.
telephone care (n = 418) or standard care (n = 420). Telephone care. Participants received ⩾7 calls over 2 months from trained counsellors who …
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