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STORIES-Stories to Communicate Risk About Tobacco

This study has been completed.
Information provided by:
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) Identifier:
First received: January 10, 2005
Last updated: July 11, 2016
Last verified: February 2009
The purpose of this study is to develop and test an intervention based on literacy-appropriate electronic tools, tailored to the demographics and readiness for change of the user, to promote tobacco smoking cessation in a low-literacy population.

Condition Intervention
Cardiovascular Diseases
Heart Diseases
Behavioral: Health Communication DVD video

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Double Blind (Subject, Investigator)
Primary Purpose: Prevention
Official Title: Partnership Programs to Reduce Cardiovascular Disparities - Deep South Partnerships for Prevention of CVD Disparities

Further study details as provided by National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI):

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Smoking cessation [ Time Frame: Measured at 6 months ]

Estimated Enrollment: 300
Study Start Date: September 2004
Study Completion Date: August 2010
Primary Completion Date: September 2009 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: 1 Behavioral: Health Communication DVD video
Interactive, testimonial-based, stage of change-matched Health Communication DVD video interventions
Attention Control Comparator
Behavioral: Health Communication DVD video
Interactive, testimonial-based, stage of change-matched Health Communication DVD video interventions

Detailed Description:


STORIES is one of two intervention trials conducted as part of the "Deep South Partnership for the Prevention of CVD Disparities" under the NHLBI Partnership Programs to Reduce Cardiovascular Disparities. STORIES is an innovative approach to smoking cessation programs provided in medical facilities for patients seeking assistance with quitting smoking. Our approach is to provide the patient with counseling prior to being discharged from the hospital in an effort to assist them with quitting smoking. The DVD will include current and previous smokers telling their stories regarding their tobacco use. We feel having the patient see other people similar to them express their views, struggles and successes with quitting smoking will motivate them to quit smoking. The patient will also receive 3 follow up telephone calls to check on their progress. Our hypothesis is that patients exposed to the interactive DVD will be more likely to quit, compared with those not exposed. The specific aims for this health communication project are: (1) to develop a series of interactive, testimonial-base stage of change-matched Health Communication DVD video interventions targeted at low-income, low-literacy African Americans in the Deep South and a health information interactive DVD for the patients selected in the randomized control group; (2) to train a peer health counselor/research assistant to counsel inpatient smokers to quit and assist the community members with learning to use the DVDs and then to follow-up by telephone at two weeks, three months and six months after discharge following enrollment in the project; and (3) to evaluate the impact of the intervention on processes of change and six month cessation rates among smokers using a group-randomized controlled trial.

The study completion date listed in this record was obtained from the "End Date" entered in the Query View Report (QVR) record.


Ages Eligible for Study:   19 Years to 78 Years   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

African American inpatients receiving treatment in the medicine unit who desire to quit smoking.

Inclusion Criteria:

  • African Americans
  • Patients not previously video/interviewed talking about smoking and health
  • Patients willing to provide contact information for follow up
  • Patients that are able to hear, view and communicate their input on material

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Patients other than African American
  • Admitted with issues of alcohol, drugs, and mentally unstable
  • Patients leaving the state after hospitalization
  • Patients without contact information for follow up
  • Patients below age 19
  • Non smokers
  • Patients that use chewing tobacco
  • Patients that are incarcerated
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00101491

United States, Alabama
Cooper Green Hospital
Birmingham, Alabama, United States, 35233
University of Alabama
Birmingham, Alabama, United States, 35294
Sponsors and Collaborators
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI)
Principal Investigator: Sandra Hullett, MD, MPH Cooper Green Hospital
Principal Investigator: Catarina Kiefe, MD, PhD University of Alabama at Birmingham
Principal Investigator: Thomas K Houston, MD, MPH University of Alabama at Birmingham
  More Information

Additional Information:
Publications automatically indexed to this study by Identifier (NCT Number):
Responsible Party: Catarina Kiefe, MD, PhD, University of Alabama at Birmingham Identifier: NCT00101491     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 1282  U01HL079153  U01HL079171 
Study First Received: January 10, 2005
Last Updated: July 11, 2016

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Cardiovascular Diseases
Heart Diseases processed this record on February 23, 2017