Navigation Links
Doctors Urged to Get Aggressive to Help Smokers
Date:4/8/2009

Multiple approaches are found to boost success of people trying to quit,,

WEDNESDAY, April 8 (HealthDay News) -- To truly help people quit smoking, doctors need to treat the habit as a chronic disease that might require repeated or intensive interventions, including pharmacotherapy and counseling, say two new studies.

One study included 750 people who smoked at least 10 cigarettes a day. They were randomly assigned to pharmacotherapy (nicotine patch or bupropion), pharmacotherapy supplemented with up to two calls from trained counselors, or pharmacotherapy and up to six counseling calls. The two-year study found that people in the high-intensity counseling group had the highest quit rates.

The findings "show the importance of taking a disease-management approach to smoking," the study's lead author, Dr. Edward Ellerbeck, associate professor and chairman of the Department of Preventive Medicine and Public Health at the University of Kansas, said in a news release from the Annals of Internal Medicine. The study is in the journal's April 7 issue.

"We found that smokers are willing to make repeated medically-assisted attempts at quitting smoking, resulting in progressively greater smoking abstinence. Physicians should talk to their patients continually about quitting and should facilitate access to a smoking cessation medication," Ellerbeck said.

The second study, also published in the journal, included 127 smokers with chronic health problems such as cardiovascular disease or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). They were randomly assigned to use a nicotine patch for 10 weeks or a combination of a patch, a nicotine oral inhaler and bupropion for as long as required. After six months, about 35 percent of those in the combination therapy group had quit smoking, compared with 19 percent of those who used only the nicotine patch.

"Medically ill smokers are often highly addicted and at great risk for complications from continued smoking," the lead author, Dr. Michael B. Steinberg, from the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School at the University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey, said in the news release. "Our trial demonstrates that intensive treatment with a triple combination of medications could work well for them."

More information

The American Cancer Society offers a guide to quitting smoking.



-- Robert Preidt



SOURCE: Annals of Internal Medicine, news release, April 6, 2009


'/>"/>
Copyright©2009 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. Doctors at Henry Ford Health System Treat Ovarian, Prostate, Lung, and Other Forms of Cancer Using Novalis Tx(TM) Platform for Image-Guided Radiosurgery
2. EnablePay Announces Special Payments Processing Program for Doctors, Dentists And Other Health Care Professionals
3. As Physician Shortage Looms, Recognize Your Doctor On March 30, National Doctors Day
4. Dr. Simon Ourian, Pioneer Laser Surgeon, Appears on The Doctors TV Show
5. Two Doctors and Two Medical Assistants Plead Guilty in $10 Million Medicare Fraud Scheme
6. Body-Jet(R), State of the Art Water-Jet Assisted Liposuction Technology To Be Featured on National Television Show, The Doctors This Week
7. Jury Convicts Two Doctors and Two Medical Assistants in $5.3 Million Medicare Fraud Scam
8. New Mexico Doctors Now Treating Brain and Prostate Cancer With RapidArc Radiotherapy Technology
9. Stimulus Funds Arrive for Doctors, Surgeons & Specialists
10. First Rewards Paid to New Jersey Doctors Through Participation in Bridges to Excellence
11. Top 20 Tax Tips For Doctors
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Doctors Urged to Get Aggressive to Help Smokers
(Date:10/13/2017)... (PRWEB) , ... October 13, ... ... School of Pharmacy (SOP) alumni Hannah Randall, PharmD ‘17, and Jennifer Huggins, ... professionals on guideline updates for the primary prevention of cardiovascular diseases during ...
(Date:10/13/2017)... ... October 13, 2017 , ... Ellevate Network, the leading network for professional women, ... towards gender equality at their inaugural Summit in New York City in June. The ... social audience of over 3 million. To watch the Mobilize Women video, click ...
(Date:10/13/2017)... ... October 13, 2017 , ... “The Journey: From the ... danger possible to save lost souls in the Philippines. “The Journey: From the Mountains ... a dedicated teacher of the Bible. She has taught all ages and currently teaches ...
(Date:10/12/2017)... ... 2017 , ... The company has developed a suite of ... authorities worldwide. From Children’s to Adults 50+, every formula has been developed by ... , These products are also: Gluten Free, Non-GMO, Vegan, Soy Free, Non-Dairy*, Preservative ...
(Date:10/12/2017)... (PRWEB) , ... October 12, 2017 , ... ... Mohebi Hair Restoration, has recently contributed a medical article to the newly revamped ... cosmetictown.com. Dr. Mohebi’s article spotlights the hair transplant procedure known as Follicular ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:10/7/2017)... 2017   Provista, a proven leader in ... in purchasing power, today announced a new resource area ... Newsroom is the online home for case studies, ... bios, news releases, slideshows and events. ... of resources at their fingertips, viewers can also watch ...
(Date:10/4/2017)... 4, 2017 OBP Medical , ... medical devices, today announced regulatory approval from ... (or Agência Nacional de Vigilância Sanitária (ANVISA)) to ... surgical retractor with integrated LED light source and ... and exposure of a tissue pocket or cavity ...
(Date:10/2/2017)... Halo Labs announces the European launch of their new low volume, ... 2017 in Cambridge, U.K on October 4th. ... samples with unprecedented speed and sensitivity while using far less sample ... ... system ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: