Automated Smoking Cessation Program Proves Successful

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  • September 03 2014, 10:08am EDT

A smoking cessation program developed at Massachusetts General Hospital increased the proportion of hospitalized smokers who successfully quit smoking after discharge by more than 70 percent.

The system used interactive voice response technology--automated telephone calls--to provide support and stop-smoking medication for three months after smokers left the hospital. The program was the focus of a study published in JAMA.

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