Women face particular challenges when quitting smoking, especially those with weight concerns. A pilot study by researchers from the University of Arizona College of Medicine, the Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health and colleagues, tested a multi-behavioral smoking cessation intervention addressing these concerns incorporating guided imagery to assist women to engage in healthy lifestyle behaviors.
The study is published in the journal Translational Behavioral Medicine.
The investigators developed and tested the feasibility and potential of the See Me Smoke-Free™ mHealth app to address smoking, diet, and physical activity among women smokers. The researchers used practical, direct-to-consumer methods to develop and test program content, functionality, and the user interface and conduct a pre-and-post-test, 90-day pilot study.
A total of 151 participants were enrolled in the study. Attrition was 52 percent, leaving 73 participants. At 90 days, 47 percent of participants reported seven-day abstinence and significant increases in physical activity and fruit consumption. Recruitment methods worked well, but similar to other mHealth studies, we experienced high attrition.
The study suggests that a guided imagery mHealth app has the potential to address multiple behaviors. The findings suggest that future research should consider different methods to improve retention and assess efficacy.
Development and evaluation of the See Me Smoke-Free multi-behavioral mHealth app for women smokers; Translational Behavioral Medicine; February.