Building a Tailored Text Messaging System for Smoking Cessation in Native American Populations

Drew Williams, Golam Mushih Tanimul Ahsan, Ivor Addo, Sheikh Iqbal Ahamed, Daniel Petereit, Linda Burhansstipanov, Linda Krebs, Mark Dignan

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When starting new and healthy habits or encouraging vigilance against returning to poor habits, a simple text message can be beneficial. Text messages also have the advantage of being easily accessible for lower-income populations spread over a rural area, who may not be able to afford smartphones with apps or data plans. Users benefit the most from text messages that are customized for them, but personalization requires time and effort on part of the user and the counselor. However, personalization that focuses on the cultural background of a pool of recipients, in addition to general personal preferences, can be a low-cost method of ensuring the best experience for patients interested in taking up new habits. In this paper, we discuss the development of a system for motivating users to quit smoking designed for Native American users in South Dakota, using text messaging as a daily intervention method for patients. Our results show that focusing on modular message customization options and messages with a conversational tone best helps our goal of providing users with customization options that help motivate them to live happy and healthy lifestyles.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings - 2018 IEEE 42nd Annual Computer Software and Applications Conference, COMPSAC 2018
EditorsChung-Horng Lung, Thomas Conte, Ling Liu, Toyokazu Akiyama, Kamrul Hasan, Edmundo Tovar, Hiroki Takakura, William Claycomb, Stelvio Cimato, Ji-Jiang Yang, Zhiyong Zhang, Sheikh Iqbal Ahamed, Sorel Reisman, Claudio Demartini, Motonori Nakamura
Number of pages9
ISBN (Electronic)9781538626665
StatePublished - Jun 8 2018
Event42nd IEEE Computer Software and Applications Conference, COMPSAC 2018 - Tokyo, Japan
Duration: Jul 23 2018Jul 27 2018

Publication series

NameProceedings - International Computer Software and Applications Conference
ISSN (Print)0730-3157


Conference42nd IEEE Computer Software and Applications Conference, COMPSAC 2018

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  • Behavior motivation
  • Mhealth
  • Mobile computing
  • Smoking cessation
  • Systems

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Computer Science Applications


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