Firstly, you will need to complete this screening form to determine whether you are eligible to participate.
You will be asked questions about your smoking history, and your physical and psychological well-being. A member of the team will then contact you to explain the study in more detail, answer any questions, and arrange for your first videoconference session.
In the next section you will then be asked to agree to consent for participating in the study.
Participant's (your) partner
To be in the study, you will need to have a partner, or 'significant other' who, if they are a non-smoker, agrees to participate to confirm your smoking status at 3 and 6 months. If they are a non-smoker their role will also be to have a digital photograph taken of them for the video. We will contact your partner at 3 and 6 months to confirm if you are smoking or abstinent. Once you have spoken to your partner, you will need to supply us with your partner's private (i.e. confidential) email address, so we can send an email to get confirmation of their consent.
Note that if your partner is not able to confirm your smoking status (usually because you are not living in the same location) then you will need to appoint someone else, a 'proxy', to confirm your smoking status. Your proxy will also be asked to agree to participate. Therefore, in this instance you will need to supply us with the proxy's private email address as well so that we can obtain consent from them via email.
3. Other information about the study
You will need to supply us with digital photos of you and your partner from different angles (instructions for photographs are provided on the website). We will also need one photo of your loved ones (e.g. a family photo). These images will be used in a treatment video for your viewing only and will not be shared with any other person.
Instructions will be provided on the website for these images to be sent to us.
Test videoconference/information session
This is a videoconference call with a member of the team (the counsellor). During this call, the counsellor will test the effectiveness of the videoconference facility, usually depending on your internet bandwidth or capacity.
We recommend that you use nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) to help you quit, commencing 2 weeks before Session 1.
The counsellor will explain the reasons for this, as well as other appropriate treatment. NRT products will not be provided by SCUPI, but your doctor can provide prescriptions to reduce the cost substantially.
This will involve four treatment sessions via a video-conference call using 'Pexip', which is a program similar to Skype. You will not need to install any apps for this.
This is a videoconference call with the counsellor. During this call, you will watch a personalised 8-minute video streamed to your electronic device (computer/tablet/phone), with a brief interview with the counsellor before and after the screening. You will also be asked to complete two short questionnaires, and your quit-smoking plan will be discussed, including a quitting date.
In the personalised video you will view three scenes, with you as the main character. The images of your 'family photo', yourself, and your partner if they are a non-smoker, will be transposed on to the characters in the story. The video, which is in the style of a short documentary, shows that a heart attack is a potential consequence of continuing to smoke, and provides a visual representation as if you were the person having the heart attack.
You will have time afterwards to talk to the counsellor about this experience and be asked to comment. The main goal of this screening is for you to graphically visualize potential consequences, of continued smoking, for both you and your loved ones. This builds on observations that approximately 60% of confirmed smokers stop smoking when they have experienced the threat of a heart attack.
This will occur about one week after Session 1 and will include a rescreening of the personalised video and counselling to help you in the quitting process.
Sessions 3 and 4
These will occur at 3 and 6 months respectively, following Session 1. These sessions will also take the form of a videoconference call, and you will be asked about your progress, and given ongoing encouragement and advice on how to remain abstinent from smoking.
After sessions 3 and 4 your partner or proxy will be contacted by email to confirm your smoking status. Please refer to Participant's partner and Participant's proxy, in this section (above).
In session 3 (at 3 months follow-up), you may be shown the video for the third time at the counsellor's discretion, or if you choose to see it again.
In Session 4 (at 6 months follow-up), if you are not smoking or using nicotine replacement therapy (NRT), you will also be asked to provide a small sample of saliva to biologically confirm your smoking status. For this purpose you will be supplied with testing kits via post. The counsellor will guide you through the test process and the results will be determined during the videoconference.
During the study you will also be contacted by telephone calls and SMS messaging to assist you in quitting.