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Alere Wellbeing is committed to the advancement of the science of health behavior change and is widely known and respected for its long history of conducting rigorous scientific research and translating the results into evidence-based products and services.

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In 2013, our Research Program published 17 articles in respected, peer-reviewed journals. 

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Recent Study

Improving Smoking Cessation Quitlines: Pilot Study of Acceptance Therapy.
In collaboration with the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, the study team is testing a newly emerging counseling approach called Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) as a telephone-delivered smoking cessation intervention. Through a 2-arm randomized trial, the effectiveness of ACT counseling (experimental arm) will be compared to the CBT counseling (control arm) offered through a state quitline.

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If you are interested in collaborating with us on grants or research studies, or using an Alere Wellbeing program in one of your studies, please contact us. 

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Research Partners

We collaborate with many top academic and research organizations to publish studies, conduct active research, and submit grant applications for future funding. Our partners come from organizations such as Group Health Research Institute, Washington State University, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Univeristy of Wisconsin, University of Oklahoma, Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Research, Purdue University, and many others. 

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Each quarter we bring you the latest updates from our own active research program, as well as news about our training and evaluation services.  

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Thought Leadership

  • 17 active studies
  • 34 completed studies
  • 3 papers to be published in 2014
  • 7 published papers in 2014
  • 17 published papers in 2013
  • Over 140 published papers

Featured Research

Use of Electronic Cigarettes Among State Tobacco Cessation Quitline Callers
Little is known about the use of electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) among those seeking help from tobacco quitlines. This study investigated questions such as prevalence, reasons for use, and whether e-cigarettes impact a user's ability to quit tobacco. Data on use of e-cigarettes were collected from 2,476 callers to six state quitlines in an effort to better understand quitline callers’ use of e-cigarettes and to inform how e-cigarettes should be addressed in treatment protocols. Caucasians and those of higher socioeconomic status were more likely to have used e-cigarettes. Younger callers appeared to be more likely to try e-cigarettes for a short period of time. Additional findings regarding frequency and duration of e-cigarette use, characteristics of those who use, and tobacco cessation quit rates were also investigated.
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Cost-effectiveness of Varenicline and Three Different Behavioral Treatment Formats for Smoking Cessation
Proactive telephone counseling (PTC) and Web-based delivery of health information are both popular and widely available modes of delivery of behavioral counseling for smoking cessation. The combination of PTC and Web-based delivery could result in higher cessation rates than either method alone, but the efficacy of these combined treatments in conjunction with pharmacotherapy has not been adequately documented. Alere Wellbeing (formerly known as Free & Clear, Inc.), Group Health Research Institute, and SRI International collaborated on a clinical trial to compare the relative effectiveness of three behavioral programs for tobacco cessation in conjunction with varenicline pharmacotherapy.
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