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Clinician advice, an interactive computer program, and motivational counselling during routine medical visits increased reported smoking abstinence among teens

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Q Does an intervention comprising brief clinician advice during routine medical visits, an interactive computer program, and brief motivational counselling reduce smoking in adolescent smokers and non-smokers over the long term?


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randomised controlled trial (Teen Reach programme).

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blinded {data collectors and outcome assessors}.*

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1 and 2 years.

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7 large paediatric and family practice departments in a group practice health maintenance organisation in Portland, Oregon and Vancouver, Washington, USA.

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2526 adolescents 14–17 years of age (59% girls, 78% white) who were willing to stay after their clinician visit for about 15 minutes and did not intend to leave …

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  • * Information provided by author.

  • A modified version of this abstract appears in Evidence-Based Medicine.

  • For correspondence: Dr J F Hollis, Center for Health Research, Kaiser Permanente, Portland, OR, USA.

  • Source of funding: National Cancer Institute.