Approach bias retraining to augment smoking cessation

Study protocol for a randomized controlled trial

Jasper Smits, Scarlett O. Baird, Mike Rinck, David Rosenfield, Christopher Beevers, Richard A. Brown, Haley E. Conroy, Noura Alavi, Christina D. Dutcher, Slaton Z. Freeman

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Heavy users and addicted individuals have shown to develop an approach action tendency – or approach bias – toward stimuli related to the substance of interest. Emerging evidence points to approach bias retraining (ABR) as an effective aid for the treatment of addictive behaviors. The current study seeks to extend this work by testing, in a pilot study, whether standard smoking cessation treatment involving cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) and nicotine replacement therapy can be augmented by ABR. To this end, we will randomly assign 100 adult smokers to either ABR-augmented treatment or placebo-augmented treatment and compare the two conditions on short-term and long-term abstinence rates. The hope is that the findings of this study can inform treatment development for adult smokers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number100340
JournalContemporary Clinical Trials Communications
Volume14
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 1 2019

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Smoking Cessation
Randomized Controlled Trials
Hope
Addictive Behavior
Therapeutics
Withholding Treatment
Cognitive Therapy
Nicotine
Placebos

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Approach bias retraining to augment smoking cessation : Study protocol for a randomized controlled trial. / Smits, Jasper; Baird, Scarlett O.; Rinck, Mike; Rosenfield, David; Beevers, Christopher; Brown, Richard A.; Conroy, Haley E.; Alavi, Noura; Dutcher, Christina D.; Freeman, Slaton Z.

In: Contemporary Clinical Trials Communications, Vol. 14, 100340, 01.06.2019.

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Smits, Jasper ; Baird, Scarlett O. ; Rinck, Mike ; Rosenfield, David ; Beevers, Christopher ; Brown, Richard A. ; Conroy, Haley E. ; Alavi, Noura ; Dutcher, Christina D. ; Freeman, Slaton Z. / Approach bias retraining to augment smoking cessation : Study protocol for a randomized controlled trial. In: Contemporary Clinical Trials Communications. 2019 ; Vol. 14.
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