New: VISOR decision aid for smokers who want to quit

29 January 2020

Nicotine patches, chewing gums, coaches, support by telephone or just stopping without help. Nowadays there are dozens of ways to quit smoking. This only makes choosing more difficult. Because what suits a person and what could help him or her the most? Everyone has their own opinion about this. And what works for one person may not work for another.

The VISOR decision aid can help. VISOR is an (free) online tool made by the Universities of Maastricht and Amsterdam and MUMC+. It is intended for smokers who want to quit smoking. Visor provides smokers with all the necessary information which makes making a choice a lot easier. Visor shows the facts and which myths exist around quitting smoking. All options for stopping are conveniently listed. At the end, the user will receive advice on which stopping method suits him or her best.

To see if the decision aid VISOR does what it is intended to do, it will be tested throughout the Netherlands. Users are asked to complete a short questionnaire a number of times, including after 1 month, after 6 months and after 12 months. Every participant receives 10 euros.

Project members are Thomas Gültzow, Ciska Hoving, Vera Knapen (all RL Promoting Health and Personalised Care), Carmen Dirksen (RL Creating Value-Based Health Care) and Eline Smit (UvA).

Visit the Visor website: https://www.visor-keuzehulp.nl/