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Stop Smoking Lung cancer is the leading cause of death in the United States, and smoking is the leading cause of lung cancer. This means that smoking is directly linked to a leading cause of death, yet, the tobacco industry makes billions of dollars annually and people continue to smoke, despite knowing the risks. This paper is designed to explore the utility of a web-based intervention for smoking cessation. Specifically, the program is designed to maximize the retention rate and success of an online smoking cessation program to help smokers stop smoking over a period of time and avoid returning to the habit in the future. The critical background information elements to consider for this intervention include the fact that it will be exclusively used for adult participants, because it is unethical to work with child participants, who cannot provide informed consent, and because smoking is an activity that is exclusively reserved for legal adults over the age of eighteen. Furthermore, the intervention is gender neutral and will include members of both sexes. The intervention is designed to maximize engagement and attrition by providing an online smoking cessation program over the internet to provide online modules and online follow up. A true understanding of this proposed intervention recognizes the other background information, the proposed PICOT elements, and the information to reflect on the web based intervention from an HIT perspective. Description of Proposed PICOT This plan asks, for adult participants over the age of eighteen (P), how does the use of an online intervention (I) affect smoking cessation rates compared to participants without follow up (C) in terms of success at cessation (O) over six months (T)?
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Population of Interest First, one recognizes the basic backbone of the PICOT elements of this research plan. The first of these is the population of interest. When selecting a population of interest, it is essential for a researcher to use effective sampling techniques, because, if the sample is not representative of a larger population, the results cannot be generalized, and the research is, ultimately, futile (Lewis, 2015). In this case, it is critical to choose a population that is representative of the larger population to ensure that the program is successfully developed so that it can benefit the larger population of adults, especially adults who smoke. For this reason, a cross-section of the population will be chosen based on a number of characteristics. First, as described above, everyone will be over the age of eighteen, because this is the legal age to smoke and it is unethical to use participants under the age of eighteen for monitoring of an activity that they cannot legally partake in. Participants of both genders will be chosen. Ideally, there will be a perfect split between male and female participants, but this is less important than the ages of the participants being over the number eighteen.
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  • Summer '18
  • researcher, Smoking cessation

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