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Process Evaluation of the First Computer Tailored Program for Smoking Cessation among Romanian Smokers

  • Lotrean, Lucia Maria (Department of Hygiene, Faculty of Medicine, Iuliu Hatieganu University of Medicine and Pharmacy) ;
  • Ailoaiei, Roxana (Department of Hygiene, Faculty of Medicine, Iuliu Hatieganu University of Medicine and Pharmacy) ;
  • Popa, Monica (Department of Hygiene, Faculty of Medicine, Iuliu Hatieganu University of Medicine and Pharmacy) ;
  • De Vries, Hein (Department of Health Education and Health Promotion, Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences, Maastricht University)
  • Published : 2014.11.06

Abstract

The objective of this paper is to present the implementation and process evaluation of the first computer tailored program for smoking cessation among Romanian smokers. The program targeted adult smokers who declared the intention to quit smoking in the next six months. The intervention consisted of a letter tailored to several respondent characteristics: gender, cognitive variables (attitude, social influence, and self-efficacy), intention to quit smoking, goal and relapse prevention strategies (action and coping plans), and smoking behaviour. The first 80 participants entered into the program filled in a process evaluation questionnaire one month after the intervention. The results of our study confirmed that the participants had read and remembered the letter. Moreover, new for Romania, this approach was positively appreciated by the participant and the score received for the tailored letter was high. The opinions of the participants confirmed that the tailored letter provided information that was useful, trustworthy and relevant for the individual. At the same time, the participants appreciated the polite, easy to understand content of the letter. These data underlined the premises for continuing the program and for using the information and communication technologies for healthy lifestyle promotion among Romanian population.

Keywords

Smoking cessation;computer tailored health education;Romania

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