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Matkin, William and Ordóñez‐Mena, Jose M and Hartmann-Boyce, Jamie (2019) Telephone counselling for smoking cessation. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews , (5) . Art. No.: CD002850. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD002850.pub4.


There is moderate‐certainty evidence that proactive telephone counselling aids smokers who seek help from quitlines, and moderate‐certainty evidence that proactive telephone counselling increases quit rates in smokers in other settings. There is currently insufficient evidence to assess potential variations in effect from differences in the number of contacts, type or timing of telephone counselling, or when telephone counselling is provided as an adjunct to other smoking cessation therapies. Evidence was inconclusive on the effect of reactive telephone counselling, due to a limited number studies, which reflects the difficulty of studying this intervention.


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Item Type
Publication Type
International, Report, Review
Drug Type
Tobacco / Nicotine
Intervention Type
Psychosocial treatment method
May 2019
Identification #
Art. No.: CD002850. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD002850.pub4
Place of Publication
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