Abstract

Background and Methods: A pretest-posttest control group design with two posttests was used to evaluate the effects of a regional Dutch Heart Health Community Intervention on smoking behaviour and its determinants. At baseline, a cohort research population of 1,200 smokers was recruited in the intervention region and in a control region. Data was gathered by means of short structured telephone interviews. Results: No significant differences were found between the intervention region and the control region on smoking behaviour and its determinants. Conclusion: It is concluded that the regional intervention was unable to exceed secular trends in smoking cessation.

Received 29 August 2002. Accepted 19 December 2002.

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Correspondence: Gaby Ronda, PhD, Department of Health Education and Promotion, Maastricht University, P.O. Box 616, 6200 MD Maastricht, The Netherlands, tel. +31 43 3882447, fax +31 43 3671032, e-mail: G.Ronda@GVO.unimaas.nl

Author notes

1Department of Health Education and Promotion, Maastricht University, The Netherlands 2Department of Methodology and Statistics, Maastricht University, The Netherlands 3Department of Public Health of the Regional Public Health Institute Maastricht, The Netherlands 4Department of General Practice, Maastricht University, The Netherlands 5Department of Public Health, Erasmus Medical Center Rotterdam, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

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