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Author Kumar, M. S. ♦ Sarma, P. S. ♦ Thankappan, K. R.
Source Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Sciences & Technology
Content type Text
Publisher Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment
File Format PDF
Language English
Subject Domain (in DDC) Technology ♦ Medicine & health ♦ Incidence & prevention of disease
Subject Domain (in MeSH) Behavior and Behavior Mechanisms ♦ Psychiatry and Psychology ♦ Health Care Facilities, Manpower, and Services ♦ Health Care
Subject Keyword Public Health
Abstract The objective of this study was to determine the efficacy of community-based group intervention for tobacco cessation. We recruited 400 men (20-40 years) currently using any form of tobacco from 20 villages of the Indian State of Tamil Nadu and randomized them equally into intervention and control groups. A physician offered two sessions of health education 5 weeks apart along with self-help material on tobacco cessation to the intervention group. The control group received only self-help material. The contents of the sessions included tobacco-related health problems, benefits of quitting, and coping strategies for withdrawal symptoms. Follow-up data were available for 92%. Self-reported point prevalence abstinence of 12.5% in the intervention group was significantly higher than the 6.0% in the control group at 2 months. Community-based group intervention has the potential to increase the coverage of tobacco cessation services for men in rural Tamil Nadu.
Education Level UG and PG
Learning Resource Type Article
Educational Framework Medical Council of India (MCI)
Journal Journal of substance abuse treatment
Volume Number 43
Issue Number 1
Page Count 8
Starting Page 53
Ending Page 60