Measurement of smoking: surveys and some recommendations.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

A survey of smoking cessation researchers found considerable disagreement in the measurement procedures used to determine treatment outcome. The survey investigated (1) the duration of the measurement interval used to determine abstinence and smoking rate; (2) procedures for classifying people who smoke after treatment but are abstinent at follow-up; and (3) procedures for classifying people who use marijuana or tobacco products other than cigarettes. The marked disagreement among researchers' survey responses was compounded by the failure of their published articles to explain how smoking had been measured and scored. The Discussion identifies long-term abstinence as the most critical problem; its measurement was least consistent procedurally across studies yet most important for comparing them. Recommendations are made for establishing measurement and reporting conventions.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Shipley, RH; Rosen, TJ; Williams, C

Published Date

  • 1982

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 7 / 3

Start / End Page

  • 299 - 302

PubMed ID

  • 7180625

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0306-4603

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/0306-4603(82)90059-4


  • eng

Conference Location

  • England