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Objective: Smoking during pregnancy causes risks to mother and infant health. We investigated the feasibility and likely success of SKIP-IT, a narrative and picture-based smoking cessation intervention delivered via text messages.
Methods: A feasibility and pilot trial. We aimed to recruit 70 pregnant women who smoked, randomised to usual care alone, or usual care and the SKIP-IT intervention, between 12 weeks of pregnancy and 6 weeks post due-date. Outcomes assessed were recruitment, retention, acceptability of, and engagement with the intervention, smoking behaviour, intentions, perceived risk, and self-efficacy.
Results: Of 312 women initially approached by smoking cessation services only 54 (17%) agreed to be contacted by the research team. Twenty were then either ineligible or uncontactable and 28 (82%) participated. Most women reported texts to be entertaining and helpful. The proportion of women not smoking at follow-up was lower in the intervention group, but numbers were too small to draw conclusions about effectiveness.
Conclusion: The intervention was acceptable, but difficulty in making initial and follow-up contacts meant our methods were unfeasible for a larger trial.
Practice implications: Digital Storytelling interventions could help women quit smoking, but further research is required to identify alternative methods for studies with pregnant women who smoke.
|Number of pages||11|
|Journal||Patient Education and Counseling|
|Early online date||1 Jan 2022|
|Publication status||Published - Jul 2022|
- Behaviour change
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Promoting Smoking Cessation During Pregnancy: Combined Feasibility and Pilot of a Randomised Controlled Trial of a Narrative and Image-Based Intervention Delivered Via Text-Messaging (Joint with University of Stirling, Edinburgh Napier University, Glasgow Caledonian University, University of Southampton, NHS Health Scotland and Tayside Health Board)
Jefferson, E. & Jones, C.
1/02/17 → 31/07/19
Health Informatics CentreHealth and Clinical Services
Tayside Clinical Trials UnitHealth and Clinical Services