Who can join QuitBot?
- Individuals who identify as Native American (American Indian/Alaska Native), who are over 18, who live in the U.S., who smoke daily, can read English, and have a smartphone with the ability to receive text messages and use the Facebook Messenger app.
- And who want to quit in the next 14 days!
What do I have to do?
- Fill out a short (3- to 5-minute) survey online to find out if you are eligible to join QuitBot.
- If you are eligible, fill out another online survey (20 to 30 minutes) about you and your smoking. You'll have 2 weeks to do it.
- Next, you'll be randomly assigned (like tossing a coin) to 1 of 2 groups. Both groups will have a quit-smoking program to support you and help you quit.
- Fill out 1 more survey (15 to 20 minutes) after 3 months. You can fill it out online, by phone, or by mail.
- You will get $25 for completing the 3-month survey.
- You'll get a $10 bonus if you fill out the survey within 24 hours of when it's emailed to you (so you would get $35 total).
Keeping your information private is important us. Your survey information will be entered on this secure website and kept confidential by QuitBot staff. More on confidentiality...
- Who is the Principal Investigator of the study?
- Why is the study focused on recruiting Native Americans?
- When will the study results be published?
- How long will participation in the study take?
- Do I get anything for doing this?
- What is the difference between the 2 programs in the study?
- On the survey, why do you ask about race and ethnicity separately?
- What information is being tracked when I sign up for the study?
- Who can I contact if I have further questions about the study?
Jonathan Bricker, PhD, is the Principal Investigator for the QuitBot study. Dr. Bricker is a scientist who specializes in smoking cessation research. He is a Full Member at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and Affiliate Professor at the University of Washington. He has published over 75 peer-reviewed scientific articles.
Earlier this year, we recruited participants of all race and ethnicities for QuitBot, but now we have received funding to help Native Americans specifically to quit smoking, to help address disparities in smoking and quit rates for American Indian/Alaska Native populations.
Generally it takes a year or two after a study is finished before results are published.
You will be asked to use your assigned QuitBot program for the next 3 months. You will also be asked to complete 1 survey online, by phone, or by mail after 3 months. The survey should take about 15-20 minutes.
Yes, you will get access to a free quit-smoking program during the study and up to $35 if the 3-month survey is completed.
Both programs (you'll be assigned to one) will teach you the skills you need to learn how to stop smoking, but the format that presents the skills is different between the programs. You could be assigned to get text messages, or you could be assigned to get messages through Facebook Messenger.
Everyone in the study, no matter which program you are assigned to, will get guidance on quitting, tools to help deal with urges to smoke, and help on staying motivated to quit. You will also receive scientifically-based recommendations for how to select medications to help you in quitting smoking (however medication will not be provided by the study).
This is a requirement from the National Institutes of Health. They consider Hispanic/Latino as an ethnicity, not a race. So, we are required to ask about race and ethnicity separately.
We use tracking tools to inform us of how well we are doing attracting potential participants so that we can adjust our ads as necessary. No personal information is collected from using this tool.
Please email Quitbot@fredhutch.org if you have any questions about the study.