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Promoting smoking cessation during pregnancy: A feasibility and pilot trial of a digital storytelling intervention delivered via text-messaging

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King E, Cheyne H, Abhyankar P, Elders A, Grindle M, Hapca A, Jones C, O’Carroll R, Steele M & Williams B (2022) Promoting smoking cessation during pregnancy: A feasibility and pilot trial of a digital storytelling intervention delivered via text-messaging. Patient Education and Counseling. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.pec.2021.12.019

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Objective Smoking during pregnancy causes risks to mother and infant health. We investigated the feasibility and likely success of SKIP-IT, a narrative and picture-based smoking cessation intervention delivered via text messages. Methods A feasibility and pilot trial. We aimed to recruit 70 pregnant women who smoked, randomised to usual care alone or usual care and the SKIP-IT intervention between 12 weeks of pregnancy and 6 weeks post due-date. Outcomes assessed were recruitment, retention, acceptability of, and engagement with the intervention, smoking behaviour, intentions, perceived risk, and self-efficacy. Results Of 312 women initially approached by smoking cessation services only 54 (17%) agreed to be contacted by the research team. Twenty were then either ineligible or uncontactable and 28 (82%) participated. Most women reported texts to be entertaining and helpful. The proportion of women not smoking at follow-up was lower in the intervention group, but numbers were too small to draw conclusions about effectiveness. Conclusion The intervention was acceptable, but difficulty in making initial and follow-up contacts meant our methods were unfeasible for a larger trial. Practice implications Digital Storytelling interventions could help women quit smoking, but further research is required to identify alternative methods for studies with pregnant women who smoke.

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smoking; Pregnancy; Behaviour change; Intervention; text-messaging

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Output Status: Forthcoming/Available Online

Journal
Patient Education and Counseling

StatusIn Press
FundersCSO Chief Scientist Office
Publication date online01/01/2022
Date accepted by journal30/12/2021
URLhttp://hdl.handle.net/1893/33865
PublisherElsevier BV
ISSN0738-3991

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Dr Purva Abhyankar
Dr Purva Abhyankar

Lecturer in Psychology, Psychology

Professor Helen Cheyne
Professor Helen Cheyne

Personal Chair, NMAHP

Dr Emma King
Dr Emma King

Health Services Researcher, Health Sciences Stirling

Professor Ronan O'Carroll
Professor Ronan O'Carroll

Professor, Psychology

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