Event Abstract

Coupling Neuroscience Smoking Cessation Interventions with Social Media and Mobile Devices

  • 1 University of Seville, Spain
  • 2 Virgen del Rocío University Hospital, Spain
  • 3 Virgen del Rocío University Hospital, Smoking Cessation Unit, Spain
  • 4 Salumedia Tecnologías, Seychelles
  • 5 Qatar Computing Research Institute HBKU, Qatar

SmokeFreeBrain is an European funded H2020 project that aims to address the effectiveness of five multi-level variety of interventions. One of them is a specifically developed neurofeedback intervention protocol against smoking addiction, whose research is done by the Northern Greece Neurofeedback Center, the Aristotelio University of Thessaloniki, and the AAI Scientific Cultural Services. However, we hope to get insightful results from the comparison of that intervention with the other four. Specifically, the intervention we focus on is a social mobile app. We compare the traditional care provided at the Virgen del Rocío University Hospital in Seville, Spain, with the same care but providing users a complementary smoking cessation app. This app is a tool to help patients pass cravings using minigames and relaxing techniques. It also offers a way to support other people who are also in the process of quitting smoking by sending them motivational peer-to-peer messages. It also offers physical activity challenges, and its innovative recommender system sends tailored tips and messages to keep up a healthy lifestyle at a suitable time in which patients are happy to get read them. Finally, the app is the bridge for a Facebook group that keeps patients engaged with new periodic content. This pilot will be led by the Virgen del Rocío University Hospital. They designed the pilot with an 8-month recruiting period. They hope to achieve 240 patients. These patients will be split in two groups (intervention, and control). They will all get free medication for one year (bupropion, or varenicline). During that period, they will have to attend up to 8 follow-up sessions (some of them are by phone) to check with a psychologist and a pulmonologist their quitting progress and get different CO tests. The inclusion criteria is being a 18-year-old or more person who wants to quit smoking, who attends the Virgen del Rocío University Hospital Smoking Cessation Unit in the recruitment period, who has an Android smartphone and able to interact with it. The exclusion criterion is that subjects who had some previous adverse effects related to the pharmacological treatment included in the study. During this presentation we will deeply explain the features of the smoking cessation app, and the clinical data will be retrieved from this pilot that may be compared to the neurofeedback intervention.

Keywords: Cigarettes, Smoking, Smoking Cessation, Mobile Applications, recommender systems

Conference: SAN2016 Meeting, Corfu, Greece, 6 Oct - 9 Oct, 2016.

Presentation Type: Oral Presentation in SAN 2016 Conference

Topic: Oral Presentations

Citation: Hors-Fraile S, Civit A, Nuñez Benjumea FJ, Carrasco Hernández L, Ortega Ruiz F and Fernandez-Luque L (2016). Coupling Neuroscience Smoking Cessation Interventions with Social Media and Mobile Devices. Conference Abstract: SAN2016 Meeting. doi: 10.3389/conf.fnhum.2016.220.00025

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Received: 29 Jul 2016; Published Online: 30 Jul 2016.

* Correspondence: Mr. Santiago Hors-Fraile, University of Seville, Seville, Seville, 41012, Spain, sanhorfra@gmail.com