Feasibility of a Perioperative Text Messaging Smoking Cessation Program for Surgical Patients

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Abstract

Although surgical patients who smoke could benefit from perioperative abstinence, few currently receive support. This pilot study determined the feasibility and acceptability of a perioperative text messaging smoking cessation program. One hundred patients (73% of eligible patients approached) enrolled in a surgery-specific messaging service, receiving 1–3 daily messages about smoking and surgical recovery for 30 days. Only 17 patients unenrolled, the majority responded to prompting messages, and satisfaction with the program was high. Surgical patients are amenable to text message–based interventions; a future efficacy trial of text messaging smoking cessation support in surgical patients is warranted.

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