The Dutch Heart Health Community Intervention 'Hartslag Limburg': effects on smoking behaviour

Eur J Public Health. 2004 Jun;14(2):191-3. doi: 10.1093/eurpub/14.2.191.


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.

Publication types

  • Clinical Trial
  • Comparative Study
  • Randomized Controlled Trial
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Cardiovascular Diseases / prevention & control
  • Cohort Studies
  • Community Health Services*
  • Female
  • Health Promotion*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Netherlands / epidemiology
  • Prevalence
  • Smoking / adverse effects
  • Smoking / epidemiology
  • Smoking Cessation / statistics & numerical data*
  • Smoking Prevention*
  • Social Marketing
  • Surveys and Questionnaires