Q Sense is an app designed to deliver individually tailored context-triggered smoking cessation support. Upon initiation, the app asks for demographics, reason for quitting, difficult situations, advantages and disadvantages to quitting, planned use of medication, and to set a quit-date. The user then taps an ‘I’m smoking’ icon each time they smoke, and answers a short series of questions on the app, exploring their situation (‘home’, ‘working’, ‘socialising’, ‘other’), stress, mood and craving levels, and presence of other smokers.
Location data is also automatically collected via GPS/WiFi. This data then enables the app to create ‘geofences’, or high-risk zones. Once quit-date arrives, each time the user enters one of the data-identified geofences, Q Sense sends a tailored message offering lapse prevention advice and support or strategies to stay quit.
A feasibility study and a larger acceptability study, including the use of surveys and qualitative one-to-one interviews have found Q Sense to be feasible and acceptable to users. Several participants indicated that they would have liked the opportunity to provide even more detailed data, and to be able to share feedback and messages with other users. A study in progress explores the use of a data-sharing app within smoking cessation services, and explores the views of both Q Sense users and smoking cessation staff members.
Want to know more? Read our blog post on Q Sense.
Naughton F, Hopewell S, Lathia N, Schalbroeck R, Brown C, Mascolo C, McEwen A, Sutton S. (2016) A Context-Sensing Mobile Phone App (Q Sense) for Smoking Cessation: A Mixed-Methods Study. 4: e106. doi.org/10.2196/mhealth.5787