App from Twente will create a smoke-free world

Everything goes well for non-smoking people in the Netherlands. The percentage of smoking Dutch has decreased for some years and was at 23% in 2014. Nevertheless, there is no cause to cast a sigh of relief, because people’s health hasn’t shown a similar prospective. Around 90% of all new cases of lung cancer and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is caused by smoking. The costs are estimated to be around 3 billion euro annually. The good news is that 1 in 3 smokers is trying to quit. A lot of them make use of technologies, like apps, in the process.

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Stopmaatje (Quit buddy)

Saxion (lectureship Technology, Health & Care), in collaboration with Tactus Verslavingszorg, Medisch Spectrum Twente (MST) and the University of Twente (UT) has asked more than 900 (ex)smokers from Twente what their opinions are about a Quit-Smoking app and whether they would be prepared to use an app when quitting smoking, in a large-scale research. Both male and female respondents between 16 and 79 years old were very positive about it. Based on the results, it shows that the focus should lie on imaging and that elaborate pieces of text should be avoided. In addition, Saxion will consult the care workers of Tactus and MST about the most suitable ways to approach the user. Some users will find it more helpful to use a coaching function while others will use the app to see the status of their attempt to quit smoking.

Chats, piggy bank and diary features

To make the use of the Quit-Smoking-app successful, several research studies have been consulted to develop the app. Stopmaatje (quit buddy) therefore offers possibilities and suggestions for support when people feel like lighting another cigarette. They can find this support in the chat, where you can contact fellow quitters. It’s also possible to call a buddy. In addition, the Stopmaatje also allows you to define your own piggy bank; it stimulates you to spend the saved money by not smoking on something else. The app also features a diary mode in which you can describe the difficult moments, for self-reflection.

 

Stopmaatje will be available in the app store soon! Want to know more already? Contact doctor Somaya Ben Allouch, s.benallouch@saxion.nl or call 06-12292901 ‚Äč

Date: 19 January 2017
Source of tekst: Saxion Hogeschool
Author: Twente.com