Learning Objectives: Understand the complexity of interactive computer-based technology for tobacco cessation and prevention Learn about new computer-based resources for tobacco cessation and prevention Acquire new skills related to development and evaluation of computer-based programs
Abstract: Interactive computer-based technology is used in ever-increasing frequency to deliver tobacco cessation and prevention programs. The authors have extensive experience developing, implementing and evaluating these types of programs. The purpose of this symposium is to share not only results of clinical trials and evaluations, but to provide information on the process of creating and evaluating technology-based interventions. Dr. David Buller will present on the "Consider This" web-based tobacco prevention and cessation program for adolescents. Dr. Herb Severson will provide information about the "Chewer’s Choice" smokeless tobacco (ST) cessation CD-ROM program developed for adult ST users. Dr. Ron Borland will discuss a randomized trial of a program of computer-generated personalized advice focusing on relapse prevention. Dr. Judith S. Gordon will present on the "Helping Your Patients Quit" interactive CD-ROM educational program for teaching dental professionals how to help their patients quit tobacco. Presenters will describe their interactive programs and discuss issues related to adaptation of program content to computer-based formats, creating engaging graphical user interfaces and easy navigational systems, developing systems for targeted populations, maintaining user accessibility, and coordinating implementation. We will also discuss the ramifications of conducting research (including delivering interventions in special settings, such as schools, and collecting data on-line) on computer-based interventions. Samples of each program will be shown. Results will be presented, as well as lessons learned from the field. Current developmental projects will also be discussed and used as examples for illustrating the learning process involved in conducting technology-based research.
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