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Individual behavioural counselling for smoking cessation

Overview of attention for article published in Cochrane database of systematic reviews, March 2017
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Title
Individual behavioural counselling for smoking cessation
Published in
Cochrane database of systematic reviews, March 2017
DOI 10.1002/14651858.cd001292.pub3
Pubmed ID
Authors

Tim Lancaster, Lindsay F Stead

Abstract

Individual counselling from a smoking cessation specialist may help smokers to make a successful attempt to stop smoking. The review addresses the following hypotheses:1. Individual counselling is more effective than no treatment or brief advice in promoting smoking cessation.2. Individual counselling is more effective than self-help materials in promoting smoking cessation.3. A more intensive counselling intervention is more effective than a less intensive intervention. We searched the Cochrane Tobacco Addiction Group Specialized Register for studies with counsel* in any field in May 2016. Randomized or quasi-randomized trials with at least one treatment arm consisting of face-to-face individual counselling from a healthcare worker not involved in routine clinical care. The outcome was smoking cessation at follow-up at least six months after the start of counselling. Both authors extracted data in duplicate. We recorded characteristics of the intervention and the target population, method of randomization and completeness of follow-up. We used the most rigorous definition of abstinence in each trial, and biochemically-validated rates where available. In analysis, we assumed that participants lost to follow-up continued to smoke. We expressed effects as a risk ratio (RR) for cessation. Where possible, we performed meta-analysis using a fixed-effect (Mantel-Haenszel) model. We assessed the quality of evidence within each study using the Cochrane 'Risk of bias' tool and the GRADE approach. We identified 49 trials with around 19,000 participants. Thirty-three trials compared individual counselling to a minimal behavioural intervention. There was high-quality evidence that individual counselling was more effective than a minimal contact control (brief advice, usual care, or provision of self-help materials) when pharmacotherapy was not offered to any participants (RR 1.57, 95% confidence interval (CI) 1.40 to 1.77; 27 studies, 11,100 participants; I(2) = 50%). There was moderate-quality evidence (downgraded due to imprecision) of a benefit of counselling when all participants received pharmacotherapy (nicotine replacement therapy) (RR 1.24, 95% CI 1.01 to 1.51; 6 studies, 2662 participants; I(2) = 0%). There was moderate-quality evidence (downgraded due to imprecision) for a small benefit of more intensive counselling compared to brief counselling (RR 1.29, 95% CI 1.09 to 1.53; 11 studies, 2920 participants; I(2) = 48%). None of the five other trials that compared different counselling models of similar intensity detected significant differences. There is high-quality evidence that individually-delivered smoking cessation counselling can assist smokers to quit. There is moderate-quality evidence of a smaller relative benefit when counselling is used in addition to pharmacotherapy, and of more intensive counselling compared to a brief counselling intervention.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
United Kingdom 3 <1%
Unknown 396 99%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Bachelor 65 16%
Student > Master 57 14%
Researcher 54 14%
Student > Ph. D. Student 39 10%
Student > Doctoral Student 29 7%
Other 71 18%
Unknown 84 21%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Medicine and Dentistry 111 28%
Psychology 51 13%
Nursing and Health Professions 45 11%
Social Sciences 24 6%
Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutical Science 11 3%
Other 57 14%
Unknown 100 25%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 88. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 30 March 2021.
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#286,440
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Outputs from Cochrane database of systematic reviews
#604
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#8,681
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Outputs of similar age from Cochrane database of systematic reviews
#23
of 247 outputs
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