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Pilot Trial of the First Conversational Agent for Smoking Cessation (QuitBot)

2018-07-19 11:44:11 | BioPortfolio

Summary

Conversational agents (CAs) are computer-powered digital coaches designed to form long-term social-emotional connections with users through conversations. We have developed a CA for cigarette smoking cessation, called QuitBot. In a two-arm pilot randomized trial (N = 300), we will compare the QuitBot CA (n = 150) with national government smoking cessation text messaging programSmokefree TXT (n = 150), to assess 12-week usability, receptivity, and preliminary cessation results.

Description

Cigarette smoking is the most preventable cause of cancer in the US, accounting for one-third of all cancer deaths. Within the CCSG 13-county catchment area, there are enormous disparities in adult cigarette smoking rates. Our recently completed WebQuit website RCT for smoking cessation had low engagement and no personalization to users' needs. Fortunately, a potentially game-changing solution to the problems of engagement and lack of personalization provide a new direction for my research. Advances in machine learning, natural language processing, and cloud computing are making it possible to create and widely disseminate conversational agents (CAs), which are computer-powered digital coaches designed to form long-term social-emotional connections with users through conversations. We have developed a CA for cigarette smoking cessation, called QuitBot, and in a two-arm pilot randomized trial (N = 300), we will compare the QuitBot CA (n = 150) with the national government smoking cessation text messaging program SmokefreeTXT (n = 150). Twelve-week usability, receptivity, and preliminary cessation results will provide critical and timely pilot data.

Study Design

Conditions

Smoking Cessation

Intervention

Conversational agent-delivered intervention (QuitBot), Text message-delivered intervention (Standard of care program)

Location

Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
Seattle
Washington
United States
98109

Status

Not yet recruiting

Source

Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

Results (where available)

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Published on BioPortfolio: 2018-07-19T11:44:11-0400

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