Pilot Study of the Feasibility of Palm Pilots in Monitoring Smoking Behavior in Individuals With Chronic Mental Illness
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ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00435903
Verified February 2007 by North Suffolk Mental Health Association. Recruitment status was: Active, not recruiting
The goal of this open trial is to pilot the use of palm pilots as a tool for monitoring smoking behavior in individuals with serious mental illness. That is, the investigators aim to assess the usefulness and feasibility of using Palm Pilots as a tool for monitoring smoking behavior and for coaching participants to use a strategy for delaying and reducing cigarette use.
We will compare palm-recordings with paper and pencil recordings to examine how well these correlate.
Secondary Outcome Measures
Correlations will be used to compare the total number of smoked cigarettes reported by the daily ratings (paper and pencil or palm pilot) to participants' report of their weekly totals.
We will measure the frequency at which participants access a screen on the Palm Pilot that presents the "4 D's," which are four strategies for delaying or reducing cigarette use.
Repeated measured t-tests will be used to compare participants' cotinine levels before and after participating in this program.
We will use an independent samples t-test to compare satisfaction scores for the two monitoring methods.
We will assess the degree of compliance with completing the mood rating scale (how many out of 7 were completed in the week) and will compare compliance rates for the Palm and paper-and-pencil versions using an independent samples t-test.
We will assess the amount of training time required to train participants to use either the paper and pencil or Palm Pilot versions of the monitoring form.
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Ages Eligible for Study:
18 Years to 50 Years (Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:
Age between 18 and 50
Having a DSM-IV psychiatric diagnosis of schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, schizophreniform disorder, bipolar disorder, or major depression with significant functional impairment
Smoking 10 or more cigarettes per day
Having an expired air minimum CO of at least 10 ppm
Normal or corrected to normal eyesight and adequate manual dexterity to operate a palm pilot (will be assessed on case by case basis with participants completing an initial screening which involves demonstrating basic ability to read the screen on the palm pilot and operate the stylus)
Stable psychiatric symptoms
Mini Mental State exam score less than 24/30
Currently using nicotine replacement therapy
Diagnosis of dementia, neurodegenerative disease, substance abuse or dependence disorders (to substances other than nicotine) active within the last 3 months
Patients who, in the investigator's opinion, pose a current homicide or suicide risk