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Smoking Cessation Interventions for COPD: A Review of the Literature

Pires-Yfantouda, R., Absalom, G. & Clemens, F. (2013). Smoking Cessation Interventions for COPD: A Review of the Literature. Respiratory Care, 58(11), pp. 1955-1962. doi: 10.4187/respcare.01923


The aim of this systematic review is to establish the most effective stop smoking intervention approach for smokers with COPD. The search strategy included the electronic databases MEDLINE, EMBASE, AMED, PsycINFO, DARE, Cochrane Library, and CINAHL, between January 2006 and January 2010. References of the included studies were also screened for additional papers, and further hand searches were conducted. The selection criteria included randomized controlled trials or quasi-randomized controlled trials with at least one subject group diagnosed with COPD. Two independent reviewers reviewed the included studies, using a quality assessment form developed from the selection criteria. Divergence of quality assessment scores was resolved by the 2 reviewers agreeing on a score. The 4 studies selected indicate that psychosocial interventions combined with pharmacotherapy are effective in smoking cessation at 12 months post-intervention, although the effect is not statistically significant, due to small sample size and heterogeneity between the studies (odds ratio 2.35, 95% CI 0.25–21.74,). However, despite this medium effect size, due to a lack of universal use of pharmacotherapies in most of the studies, it makes a definitive comparison of efficacy difficult to determine. This review also shows the effectiveness of psychosocial treatment for people with or without COPD symptoms at 12 months, although the effect of disease severity is not clear. This review also highlights the difficulty of maintaining attendance at community-based locations, compared to acute or research settings.

Publication Type: Article
Publisher Keywords: COPD; psychosocial interventions; pharmacotherapy
Subjects: R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine
Departments: School of Health & Psychological Sciences > Psychology
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