The SmokefreeTXT (SFTXT) study: web and mobile data collection to evaluate smoking cessation for young adults
Squiers, L., Brown, D., Parvanta, S., Dolina, S., Kelly, B., Dever, J., ... Augustson, E. M. (2016). The SmokefreeTXT (SFTXT) study: web and mobile data collection to evaluate smoking cessation for young adults. JMIR Research Protocols, 5(2), e134-e134. DOI: 10.2196/resprot.5653
Recruitment methods drove 153,936 unique visitors to the SFTXT Study landing page and 27,360 began the screener. Based on the screening questions, 15,462 out of 27,360 responders (56.51%) were eligible to participate. Of the 15,462 who were eligible, 9486 passed the antifraud measures that were implemented; however, 3882 failed to verify their email addresses or cell phone numbers, leaving 5604 who were invited to complete the baseline survey. Of the 5604 who were invited, 4432 completed the baseline survey, but only 4027 were retained for analysis because 405 did not receive the intervention.
Although antifraud measures helped to catch participants who failed study requirements and could have biased the data collected, it is possible that the email and cell phone verification check excluded some potentially eligible participants from the study. Future research should explore ways to implement verification methods without risking the loss of so many potential participants.