A school nurse-delivered adolescent smoking cessation intervention: A randomized controlled trial

TitleA school nurse-delivered adolescent smoking cessation intervention: A randomized controlled trial
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2006
AuthorsPbert, L, Osganian, SK, Gorak, D, Druker, S, Reed, G, O'Neill, KM, Sheetz, A
JournalPreventive Medicine
Date PublishedOct
Publication Languageeng
ISBN Number0091-7435 (Print)0091-7435 (Linking)
Accession Number16828858
Keywords*Interpersonal Relations, *Smoking Cessation, Adolescent, Female, Health Promotion/*methods, Health Surveys, Humans, Male, Massachusetts, Program Development, Program Evaluation, Questionnaires, School Nursing/*methods, Smoking/*prevention & control

BACKGROUND: The aim of the present study was to evaluate the efficacy of a school nurse-delivered smoking cessation intervention to improve abstinence rates among adolescents interested in quitting. METHODS: Seventy-one high schools in Massachusetts were randomized to either a four-session one-on-one school nurse-delivered smoking cessation intervention (37 schools, n = 571) or usual smoking cessation care control condition (34 schools, n = 577). Adolescents in grades 9-12 who smoked in the past 30 days completed surveys at baseline, 6 weeks and 3 months. The study was conducted during the 2002-2003 school year. RESULTS: Thirty-day self-reported abstinence rates were significantly greater in students in the intervention compared to control condition at 6 weeks (18% vs. 2%, respectively) and 3 months (24% vs. 5%, respectively). After adjusting for school and potential confounders, students in the intervention schools had odds of quitting 8 times greater than students in the control schools at 6 weeks (OR = 8.4; 95% CI 3.7, 20.6) and 6 times greater at 3 months (OR = 6.4; 95% CI 3.4, 11.4). School nurses delivered intervention with a high degree of fidelity. CONCLUSIONS: A four-session smoking cessation intervention can feasibly be delivered by school nurses and increase self-reported short-term abstinence rates among students interested in quitting smoking.

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