Tobacco Tactics Website for Veteran Smokers
The purpose of this study is to develop an evidence-based Tobacco Tactics website tailored to veterans based on an intervention tested in the VA.
|Study Design:||Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Health Services Research
|Official Title:||Tobacco Tactics Website for Veteran Smokers|
- Self reported 30 day smoking quit rate [ Time Frame: 30 days post intervention ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
- Patient feedback to evaluate the website [ Time Frame: 30 days post intervention ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
|Study Start Date:||March 2009|
|Study Completion Date:||March 2009|
|Primary Completion Date:||March 2009 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)|
Experimental: Arm 1
Nine veteran smokers who will pilot test the Tobacco Tactics website
Behavioral: Tobacco Tactics website
Pilot test the Tobacco Tactics website tailored to the needs of veteran smokers
Despite the detrimental effects of smoking, approximately 33% of veterans continue to smoke compared to approximately 21% of the general population. While efficacious cessation interventions are available, implementation of cessation interventions remains a challenge and new intervention strategies are needed to reach veterans. VA cessation providers recently met in Atlanta and one recommendation was to develop a cessation website for veterans. The evidence-based Tobacco Tactics website will be designed, pre-tested, and pilot tested as an intervention to assist veteran smokers to quit smoking. The efficacy of the website will then be tested in a subsequent randomized control trial (RCT). If the website proves efficacious, it would decrease morbidity and mortality among veterans, decrease face-to-face cessation intervention time for providers, and reach veterans in areas all over the country, perhaps through the VA "My Healthy Vet" website. This is a Phase 1 behavioral clinical trial designed to develop and pilot test a web-based Tobacco Tactics intervention tailored to veteran smokers. First, we will outline the specific content areas to be addressed. Second, we will develop the Tobacco Tactics intervention with our web designer in accordance with VA Web Operations. Third, a member of the research team will go through the website with the 5 veteran smokers obtaining feedback and noting any problems that occur. Fourth, with human studies approval, we will pilot test the impact of the intervention with 9 veteran smokers recruited to quit smoking using the Tobacco Tactics website. A research nurse will:
- be available by phone to answer any questions;
- collect qualitative data on veterans use of the Tobacco Tactics website; and,
- note the 30 day quit rate.
Formative evaluation during pre-testing will include qualitative feedback on the:
- ability to accomplish tasks;
- ability to accomplish goals with skill and speed;
- ability to operate the system; and
For the 9 veteran smokers that actually try to use the Tobacco Tactics website to quit smoking, we will be able to determine:
- the number of times they signed onto the website;
- the time spent on the website; and
- the number of times each module was accessed.
Impact evaluation will be the 30 day quit rates of the 9 veteran smokers that agree to use the website.
|United States, Michigan|
|VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System|
|Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States, 48113-0170|
|Principal Investigator:||Sonia A. Duffy, PhD MS RN||VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System|