Participants got randomized to standard care (under 5 minutes of counseling and a self-help brochure) or to PSFM. Everyone got a prescription for a 3-month supply of nicotine patches, and everyone had full insurance for patch therapy.
Among 138 people who entered the study, 134 completed follow-up, including 68 of 69 in the PSFM group.
Of the 51 study participants who used any smoke-ending drug, 24 were in the PSFM group and 27 in the control group.
TMA is inspired by PSFM
but not as detailed, and thereby not fully comparable with PSFM
Mr Meek has worked for PSFM for more than three years and has worked in financial services since 1993, previously working with a leading national independent financial adviser.
PSFM managing director Paul Johnston said: 'We are pleased to announce Richard becoming head of the Birmingham Office and are confident he has all the skills to grow and develop PSFM in the area.
Consulting actuaries Punter Southall & Co and its financial management arm PSFM
, have appointed Kishan Herriotts to head up the group's Birmingham operation.