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Study protocol of a Dutch smoking cessation e-health program

Nicola E Stanczyk12*, Catherine Bolman13, Jean WM Muris14 and Hein de Vries12

Author affiliations

1 Department of Health Promotion, School for Public Health and Primary Care (CAPHRI), Maastricht University, P.O. Box, 6200 MD Maastricht, the Netherlands

2 Department of Health Promotion and Health Education, Maastricht University, P.O. Box 616, 6200 MD Maastricht, the Netherlands

3 Department of Psychology, Open University of the Netherlands, 6419 AT Heerlen, the Netherlands

4 Department of General Practice, Maastricht University, P.O. Box 616 6200 MD Maastricht, the Netherlands

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Citation and License

BMC Public Health 2011, 11:847  doi:10.1186/1471-2458-11-847

Published: 7 November 2011



The study aims to test the differential effects of a web-based text and a web-based video-driven computer-tailored approach for lower socio-economic status (LSES) and higher socio-economic status (HSES) smokers which incorporate multiple computer-tailored feedback moments. The two programs differ only in the mode of delivery (video- versus text-based messages). The paper aims to describe the development and design of the two computer-tailored programs.


Respondents who smoked at the time of the study inclusion, who were motivated to quit within the following six months and who were aged 18 or older were included in the program. The study is a randomized control trial with a 2 (video/text) * 2(LSES/HSES) design. Respondents were assigned either to one of the intervention groups (text versus video tailored feedback) or to the control group (non-tailored generic advice). In all three conditions participants were asked to fill in the baseline questionnaire based on the I-Change model. The questionnaire assessed socio-demographics, attitude towards smoking, knowledge, self-efficacy, social influence, depression, level of addiction, action planning, goal actions, intention to quit smoking, seven-day point prevalence and continued abstinence. Follow-up measurements were conducted at six and twelve months after baseline.


The present paper describes the development of the two computer-tailored smoking cessation programs, their components and the design of the study. The study results reveal different working mechanisms of multiple tailored smoking cessation interventions and will help us to gain more insight into effective strategies to target different subgroups, especially smokers with a lower socio-economic status.

Trial registration

Dutch Trial Register NTR3102