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:1/19/2017)... ... 19, 2017 , ... Remote Medical Technologies (RMT), the leader ... with their iMedHD2™ Portable Teleultrasound System. Compatible with any ultrasound ... HD, dynamic, streaming ultrasound images and video to one or more distant locations ...
(Date:1/19/2017)... City, Utah (PRWEB) , ... January 19, 2017 ... ... Film Festival in a medical capacity this year. Drs. Alexander Paziotopoulos, Andrew Petersen ... to provide a condensed version of the clinic’s leading recovery program. , ...
(Date:1/19/2017)... , ... January 19, 2017 , ... ... by the American Board of Dermatology and fellowship trained Mohs and cosmetic surgeon. ... Institutes of Health, Dr. Li completed his internship in internal medicine at the ...
(Date:1/19/2017)... ... January 19, 2017 , ... Bio-Optronics ... provides a modern CTMS workflow designed to seamlessly integrate and streamline the way ... to a single page, maximizing usability and improving efficiency significantly for users – ...
(Date:1/19/2017)... San Antonio, Texas (PRWEB) , ... January 19, 2017 , ... ... entering the GenCure Tissue Donation Awareness Scholarship competition., The winner will earn a $1,000 ... media accounts. The competition begins Feb. 1, and the deadline is May 31, with ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:1/19/2017)... YORK , Jan. 19, 2017 This ... the current and future scenario of the global market. ... rising opioid consumption. Severe chronic constipation is a major ... to traditional laxatives. Hence, novel targeted therapy has been ... OIC sufferers, launch of targeted medicines, and growing awareness ...
(Date:1/19/2017)... January 19, 2017 According to a study ... is set to witness a CAGR of 6.5% during the forecast ... will continue to be the leading market for cryotherapy globally ... ... emphasizing on ensuring affordable and adequate supply of gas in order ...
(Date:1/19/2017)... , Jan. 19, 2017  Sensus Healthcare, Inc. ... company specializing in the treatment of non-melanoma skin ... with superficial radiation therapy, today announced that it ... 2016 financial results on Thursday, February 2, 2017 after ... hold a conference call with the investment community ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: