Summary

Eligibility
for people ages 18 years and up (full criteria)
Healthy Volunteers
healthy people welcome
Location
at San Francisco, California
Dates
study started
estimated completion
Principal Investigator
by Justin White, PhD
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Justin White

Description

Summary

This study evaluates the effects of a video game embedded in a commercially available mobile application (app) for smoking cessation. Smokers are increasingly turning to mobile health apps for assistance with quitting smoking, and there is a critical need for strategies to engage app users to increase retention and efficacy. Video games are designed to increase users' motivation and engagement, which in turn may increase their exposure and adherence to a smoking cessation program. The hypothesis is that the game increases engagement, retention, and smoking abstinence rates compared with a core version of the app without the game. A two-arm individually randomized pilot trial of 500 adult smokers will test this hypothesis, comparing outcomes for participants randomized to receive the core app plus embedded game with participants randomized to receive the core app only. Primary outcomes relate to user engagement with the app. Secondary outcomes relate to user engagement, efficacy (smoking abstinence), and user satisfaction.

Official Title

Influence of a Game Embedded in a Smartphone App for Smoking Cessation on User Engagement: A Randomized Pilot Trial

Details

PRIMARY OBJECTIVES: I. Augment an existing smartphone cessation app for smoking cessation with a video game to increase user engagement. II. Test the feasibility, engagement, and early efficacy of the 'gamified' app, compared to one without gamification. OUTLINE: Participants are recruited through the Smoke Free smartphone app and randomized to 1 of 2 arms. ARM I: Participants receive an educational intervention through the Smoke Free application (core app) with the embedded video game module. Participants complete questionnaires and may undergo saliva sample collection, if they report being smoke-free on follow-up. ARM II: Participants receive an educational intervention through the Smoke Free application without the video game module (core app only). Participants complete questionnaires and may undergo saliva sample collection, if they report being smoke-free on follow-up.

Keywords

Cigarette Smoking-Related Carcinoma Game Module Smoke Free smartphone application Education plus game module Education module only

Eligibility

You can join if…

Open to people ages 18 years and up

  1. Provides electronic informed consent.
  2. Male or female, aged 18 and older
  3. Has downloaded and opened the Smoke Free app
  4. A smoker of at least 1 cigarette per day
  5. Plans to quit smoking within the next 7 days
  6. Speaks, reads, and writes English
  7. Lives in the United States

You CAN'T join if...

None

Location

  • University of California San Francisco
    San Francisco California 94143 United States

Lead Scientist at UCSF

  • Justin White, PhD
    Justin White, Ph.D., is Associate Professor of Health Economics in the UCSF School of Medicine, with joint appointments in the Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies and the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics.

Details

Status
in progress, not accepting new patients
Start Date
Completion Date
(estimated)
Sponsor
University of California, San Francisco
ID
NCT05227027
Study Type
Interventional
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