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Individual behavioural counselling for smoking cessation

  1. Tim Lancaster*,
  2. Lindsay F Stead

Editorial Group: Cochrane Tobacco Addiction Group

Published Online: 20 APR 2005

Assessed as up-to-date: 14 JUL 2008

DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD001292.pub2

How to Cite

Lancaster T, Stead LF. Individual behavioural counselling for smoking cessation. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2005, Issue 2. Art. No.: CD001292. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD001292.pub2.

Author Information

  1. University of Oxford, Department of Primary Health Care, Oxford, UK

*Tim Lancaster, Department of Primary Health Care, University of Oxford, Rosemary Rue Building, Old Road Campus, Oxford, OX3 7LF, UK.

Publication History

  1. Publication Status: New search for studies and content updated (no change to conclusions)
  2. Published Online: 20 APR 2005



References to studies included in this review

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Ahluwalia 2006 {published data only}
Aleixandre 1998 {published data only}
  • Aleixandre ME, Mitjans JF, Casanova MA, Sanchez J, Belloch A. Clinical trial of two interventions of tobacco cessation in primary care. Atencion Primaria 1996;18(Suppl 1):212.
  • Aleixandre i Marti E, Casanova Matutano MA, Mitjans Lafont J, Sanchez Monfort J, Sanmartin Almenar A. Clinical trial of two tobacco use cessation interventions in primary care [Ensayo clinico de dos intervenciones de deshabituacion tabaquica en atencion primaria]. Atencion Primaria 1998;22:424-8.
Alterman 2001 {published data only}
Aveyard 2007 {published data only}
  • Aveyard P, Brown K, Saunders C, Alexander A, Johnstone E, Munafo MR, et al. Weekly versus basic smoking cessation support in primary care: a randomised controlled trial. Thorax 2007;62:898-903.
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Bobo 1998 {published data only}
Bronson 1989 {published data only}
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Burling 1991 {published data only}
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Burling 2001 {published data only}
Dornelas 2000 {published data only}
Fiore 2004 {published data only}
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Glasgow 2000 {published data only}
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Hennrikus 2005 {published data only}
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Jorenby 1995 {published data only}
Kim 2005 {published data only}
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Lifrak 1997 {published data only}
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Molyneux 2003 {published data only}
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Nakamura 2004 {published data only}
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Ockene 1992 {published data only}
Pedersen 2005 {published data only}
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Pederson 1991 {published data only}
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Rigotti 1997 {published data only}
Schmitz 1999 {published data only}
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Simon 1997 {published data only}
Simon 2003 {published data only}
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Stevens 1993 {published data only}
Tonnesen 2006 {published data only}
Weissfeld 1991 {published data only}
Wiggers 2006 {published data only}
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Windsor 1988 {published data only}

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  3. References to ongoing studies
  4. Additional references
  5. References to other published versions of this review
Alonso-Pérez 2007 {published data only}
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Bolman 2002 {published data only}
Borrelli 2005 {published data only}
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Camarelles 2002 {published data only}
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Canga 2000 {published data only}
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Colby 1998 {published data only}
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Emmons 2001 {published data only}
Froelicher 2004 {published data only}
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Gifford 2004 {published data only}
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Hilberink 2005 {published data only}
  • Hilberink SR, Jacobs JE, Bottema BJ, de Vries H, Grol RP. Smoking cessation in patients with COPD in daily general practice (SMOCC): six months' results. Preventive Medicine 2005;41(5-6):822-7.
Hyman 2007 {published data only}
Kadowaki 2000 {published data only}
Lando 1992 {published data only}
Lopez 2007 {published data only}
  • Lopez ML, Iglesias JM, Del Valle MO, Comas A, Fernandez JM, de Vries H, et al. Impact of a primary care intervention on smoking, drinking, diet, weight, sun exposure, and work risk in families with cancer experience. Cancer Causes & Control 2007;18(5):525-35.
Malchodi 2003 {published data only}
  • Malchodi CS, Oncken C, Dornelas EA, Caramanica L, Gregonis E, Curry SL. The effects of peer counseling on smoking cessation and reduction. Obstetrics and Gynecology 2003;101(3):504-10.
Marks 2002 {published data only}
  • Marks DF, Sykes CM. Randomized controlled trial of cognitive behavioural therapy for smokers living in a deprived area of London: Outcome at one-year follow-up. Psychology, Health and Medicine 2002;7:17-24.
Mildestvedt 2007 {published data only}
  • Mildestvedt T, Meland E, Eide GE. No difference in lifestyle changes by adding individual counselling to group-based rehabilitation RCT among coronary heart disease patients. Scandinavian Journal Of Public Health 2007;35(6):591-8.
Mooney 2007 {published data only}
  • Mooney ME, Sayre SL, Hokanson PS, Stotts AL, Schmitz JM. Adding MEMS feedback to behavioral smoking cessation therapy increases compliance with bupropion: A replication and extension study. Addictive Behaviors 2007;32(4):875-80.
Niaura 1999 {published data only}
Okuyemi 2006 {published data only}
  • Okuyemi KS, Thomas JL, Hall S, Nollen NL, Richter KP, Jeffries SK, et al. Smoking cessation in homeless populations: A pilot clinical trial. Nicotine & Tobacco Research 2006;8(5):689-99.
Rabkin 1984 {published data only}
  • Kaufert JM, Rabkin SW, Syrotuik J, Boyko E, Shane F. Health beliefs as predictors of success of alternate modalities of smoking cessation: results of a controlled trial. Journal of Behavioral Medicine 1986;9:475-89.
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Rodriguez 2003 {published data only}
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Sanz-Pozo 2006 {published data only}
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Schnoll 2005 {published data only}
  • Schnoll RA, Rothman RL, Wielt DB, Lerman C, Pedri H, Wang H, et al. A randomized pilot study of cognitive-behavioral therapy versus basic health education for smoking cessation among cancer patients. Annals of Behavioral Medicine 2005;30:1-11.
Schwartz 1967 {published data only}
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Sherman 2007 {published data only}
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Soria 2006 {published data only}
  • Soria R, Legido A, Escolano C, Yeste AL, Montoya J. A randomised controlled trial of motivational interviewing for smoking cessation. British Journal of General Practice 2006;56(531):768-74.
Stein 2006 {published data only}
Stevens 2000 {published data only}
Williams 2006 {published data only}
  • Figueroa-Moseley CD, Williams GC, Morrow GR, Jean-Pierre P, Carroll J, Ryan J. Empowered to stop smoking: The impact of a SDT smoking cessation intervention on economically disadvantaged whites and blacks. Journal of Clinical Oncology 2006;24(18 Suppl):51S.
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Woodruff 2002 {published data only}

References to ongoing studies

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  4. Additional references
  5. References to other published versions of this review
Niaura 2004 {published data only}
  • Niaura R, Richardson EE, Stanton C, Carton-Lopez S, Morrow K, Shadel W. Motivation and patch treatment for HIV-positive smokers: psychosocial barriers to cessation (POS1-057). Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco 10th Annual Meeting February 18-21, Phoenix, Arizona. 2004.

Additional references

  1. References to studies included in this review
  2. References to studies excluded from this review
  3. References to ongoing studies
  4. Additional references
  5. References to other published versions of this review
AHCPR 1996
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Cahill 2008
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Fiore 2000
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Fiore 2008
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Greenland 1985
Higgins 2003
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References to other published versions of this review

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  2. References to studies excluded from this review
  3. References to ongoing studies
  4. Additional references
  5. References to other published versions of this review
Lancaster 2002
Lancaster 2005b