2011 RCGP and Novartis Research Paper of the Year Award Winning Paper

The 2011 RCGP and Novartis Research Paper of the Year was awarded in June 2012 to the paper:

Smoking cessation support delivered via mobile phone text messaging (txt2stop): a single-blind, randomised trial. Lancet 2011 Jul 2;378 (9785): 49-55 Free C, Knight R, Robertson S, Whittaker R, Edwards P, Zhou W, Rodgers A, Cairns J, Kenward M G, Roberts I.

Dr Caroline Free and Mrs Rosemary Knight receiving the Research Paper of the Year Award from Dr Iona Heath, RCGP President

“We are honoured to receive this award from the RCGP. We are delighted that smoking cessation support delivered via text message doubles quitting and can now be accessed for free by GP patients across England. To access the service patients can simply text txthelp to 63818.

Research for primary care services is essential. Many senior GP researchers and members of the RCGP have worked hard to ensure that research training for GPs to conduct the research needed is available. The research we completed was only possible because of a Primary Care Research Training Fellowships to complete a PhD obtained by Dr C Free in 2000-2003.”

Dr Caroline Free, Research Paper of the Year Award winner

“What an achievement it was winning this award as the standard from the other category winners was so high.”

Mrs Rosemary Knight, Research Paper of the Year Award winner

Eighty-one entries were considered for the 2011 award. Many excellent papers were submitted this year, with a wide range of journals, methods and topics represented. This highly competitive field is a demonstration of both the volume and quality of research being undertaken, and the vibrancy of the academic discipline of general practice and primary care.

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