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The Dutch Heart Health Community Intervention ‘Hartslag Limburg’
Effects on smoking behaviour

Gaby Ronda, Patricia Van Assema, Math Candel, Erik Ruland, Mieke Steenbakkers, Jan Van Ree, Johannes Brug
DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/eurpub/14.2.191 191-193 First published online: 1 June 2004

Abstract

Background and Methods: A pretest-posttest control group design with two posttests was used to evaluate the effects of a regional Dutch Heart Health Community Intervention on smoking behaviour and its determinants. At baseline, a cohort research population of 1,200 smokers was recruited in the intervention region and in a control region. Data was gathered by means of short structured telephone interviews. Results: No significant differences were found between the intervention region and the control region on smoking behaviour and its determinants. Conclusion: It is concluded that the regional intervention was unable to exceed secular trends in smoking cessation.

  • cardiovascular diseases, community-based prevention, effect study, evaluation, smoking behaviour

Received 29 August 2002. Accepted 19 December 2002.