The development and acceptability testing of an app-based smart survey system to record smoking behaviour, use of nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) and e-cigarettes

Huang, Yue, Emery, Joanne, Naughton, Felix, Cooper, Sue, McDaid, Lisa ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-5032-2380, Dickinson, Anne, Clark, Miranda, Kinahan-Goodwin, Darren, Thomson, Ross, Phillips, Lucy, Lewis, Sarah, Orton, Sophie and Coleman, Tim (2022) The development and acceptability testing of an app-based smart survey system to record smoking behaviour, use of nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) and e-cigarettes. BMC Research Notes, 15 (1). ISSN 1756-0500

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Abstract

Objective: Nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) helps people stop smoking. Monitoring treatment adherence is important as poor adherence to NRT limits its effectiveness. As e-cigarettes contain nicotine, their use (‘vaping’) is likely to affect both NRT use and smoking. We wished to measure adherence to NRT, and to investigate relationships between NRT, vaping and smoking so we developed ‘NicUse’, a smartphone App linked to a cloud database for collecting data relevant to NRT adherence. We report user-acceptability and investigate data validity among pregnant people by comparing heaviness of smoking reported to NicUse surveys with contemporaneous exhaled carbon monoxide readings. Results: Thirty five pregnant women participating in a pilot study were asked to install and use NicUse on their smartphones. 32/35 (91%) logged into NicUse, 31 (89%) completed one or more surveys, and 22 (63%) completed these on ≥ 20 of 28 study days. Twenty-four gave end-of-study user acceptability ratings; 23 (96%) agreed or strongly agreed NicUse was ‘Easy to use’ and ‘Instructions were clear’. There was a strong correlation between the number of daily cigarettes reported on NicUse and exhaled CO readings taken on study Day 7 (Pearson’s r = 0.95, p < 0.001). NicUse appears highly acceptable, and smoking data reported to it shows validity.

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Additional Information: Funding Information: This research was funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) under the Program Grants for Applied Research program RP-PG-0615-20003 Tim Coleman is a National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Senior Investigator. This article presents independent research funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) under the Program Grants for Applied Research program RP-PG-0615-20003. The views expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and not necessarily those of the NIHR or the Department of Health and Social Care.
Uncontrolled Keywords: ecological momentary assessment,medication adherence,nicotine replacement therapy,pregnancy,smartphone app,smoking,survey,e-cigarettes,biochemistry, genetics and molecular biology(all) ,/dk/atira/pure/subjectarea/asjc/1300
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > School of Health Sciences
Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > Norwich Medical School
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Depositing User: LivePure Connector
Date Deposited: 23 Mar 2022 15:30
Last Modified: 22 Oct 2022 17:38
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/84246
DOI: 10.1186/s13104-022-05983-8

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