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Effectiveness of adding relapse prevention materials to telephone counseling

Thursday, December 9, 2010  
Posted by: Natalia Gromov

Sheffer CE, Stitzer M, Brandon T, Bursac Z. J Subst Abuse Treat. 2010 Jul;39(1):71-7.

This study examined the effectiveness of adding relapse prevention materials to telephone counseling in Arkansas. Results showed that adding relapse prevention materials to at least one session of telephone counseling and nicotine patches did not improve quit rates. However, relapse prevention materials alone doubled quit rates and increased the odds of abstinence by nearly 70% at six months for those who did not receive any counseling or medications (20.9% versus 10.6%; OR = 1.69; CI = 1.02-2.78; p = .04). For tobacco users not interested in or eligible for counseling and medications, relapse prevention materials may be a valuable resource in their quit attempt.

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