Navigation Links
Doctors fear asking mentally ill to quit smoking
Date:9/9/2009

CHICAGO --- People with mental illnesses such as depression and anxiety are the heaviest smokers in the country, but their doctors are afraid to ask them to quit. They assume that if their patients try to quit smoking, their mental disorders will get worse.

That is a myth, according to Brian Hitsman, a tobacco addiction specialist and assistant professor of preventive medicine at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. He also is a member of the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University.

This population's tobacco use and dependence need to be treated, he said. Hitsman has designed and published the first comprehensive, evidence-based plan for psychiatrists, psychologists and other mental health providers to help their patients quit smoking. His paper appeared in a recent issue of the Canadian Journal of Psychiatry.

"These doctors and mental health specialists focus on their patients' psychiatric health and lose track of their physical health," said Hitsman, who is a health psychologist. "Tobacco cessation gets a lot of attention, but we leave out a population that smokes the majority of all the cigarettes."

Between 40 to 80 percent of people with mental illness are daily smokers, depending on the disorder, compared to less than 20 percent of people who don't have problems with mental illness, according to research. The mentally ill also smoke more cigarettes per day -- often up to two packs. They have a disproportionately high rate of tobacco-related disease and mortality, such as cardiovascular disease or cancer, with a correspondingly heavy financial burden to the health-care system.

The mentally ill receive tobacco treatment on only 12 percent of their visits to a psychiatrist and 38 percent of their visits to a primary care physician, Hitsman said.

Doctors erroneously believe mental disorders will worsen if they take away a person's tobacco. "Not a si
'/>"/>

Contact: Marla Paul
marla-paul@northwestern.edu
312-503-8928
Northwestern University
Source:Eurekalert

Page: 1 2 3

Related medicine news :

1. UK junior doctors gaining less experience of common procedures
2. Doctors Often Miss High Blood Pressure in Kids
3. One-fourth of HIV patients believe their doctors stigmatize them
4. Annual flu shot cuts need for doctors visits, hospitalization among children
5. Teens need to see their doctors more often
6. Doctors and medical ethicist discuss whether doctors should participate in capital punishment
7. Doctors and Medical Ethicist Discuss Whether Doctors Should Participate in Capital Punishment
8. South Texas Doctors Report More Severe Cases of Community Staph Super Bug Hospitalizing Children
9. Maimonides Expands Circulation of Physicians Practice Journal to Staten Island Doctors
10. Doctors Debate Drugs vs. Surgery for Angina
11. UCI Medical Affiliates Inc. Opens a New Doctors Care Center in Anderson
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:10/1/2014)... (PRWEB) October 01, 2014 Farmington ... including a redefined mission and visual identity helping ... of partnering with them to create greater benefit ... brand that focuses on empowering customers to better ... , The crown jewel of the rebrand is ...
(Date:10/1/2014)... October 01, 2014 Between 23 million ... the U.S., according to figures from the National Institutes ... Association (AARDA), and many of them have something else ... having undiagnosed celiac disease. Gluten Free Therapeutics, makers ... of undiagnosed celiac disease by publishing a series of ...
(Date:10/1/2014)... Canada (PRWEB) October 01, 2014 Anti ... removal and skin rejuvenating destination of choice, is announcing ... from October through to December. , “We’re doing this ... as possible to our top skin clinic in Toronto,” ... “We do so much at Anti Aging Clinic, including ...
(Date:10/1/2014)... Nordic Naturals is kicking off a ... The campaign—“Buy One Bottle. Help Two Heroes.”—will raise ... nonprofit organization that helps rebuild the lives of ... would otherwise face euthanasia. From October through December ... donations of Nordic Naturals omega-3s to veterans and ...
(Date:10/1/2014)... OXNARD, CA (PRWEB) October 01, 2014 ... of the Anacapa Dental Art Institute in Oxnard and ... of Bangalore providing full mouth rehabilitation training. , “Speaking ... need of these transformative procedures to get the help ... mouth rehabilitation may involve repairing previous dental work, providing ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):Health News:Farmington Company Launches Rebrand and New Positioning 2Health News:Informative New Blog Series Underscores Link Between Celiac Disease and Other Autoimmune Disorders 2Health News:Informative New Blog Series Underscores Link Between Celiac Disease and Other Autoimmune Disorders 3Health News:Anti Aging Clinic, the GTA’s Premier Provider of Anti Aging Treatments, Announces Deal on Units of Botox 2Health News:Nordic Naturals® Inspires Support for Paws for Veterans -- ‘Buy One Bottle. Help Two Heroes.’ Initiative Kicks Off October 1 2Health News:Internationally Respected Oxnard Dentist Concludes All-on-4™ Dental Implants Training Today 2Health News:Internationally Respected Oxnard Dentist Concludes All-on-4™ Dental Implants Training Today 3Health News:Internationally Respected Oxnard Dentist Concludes All-on-4™ Dental Implants Training Today 4Health News:Internationally Respected Oxnard Dentist Concludes All-on-4™ Dental Implants Training Today 5
... To help continue its internationally recognized work in ... has awarded Mayo Clinic a $1 million gift, pledged over ... Alzheimer,s and Parkinson,s diseases , is the ... VIDEO ALERT: Additional audio and video resources, ...
... ANGELES (March 22, 2011) When physical therapy and drugs fail ... spinal fusion surgery as a last resort, but two new ... are involved, artificial disc replacement may give better long-term results ... were 49 percent lower, and four years out from surgery, ...
... asthma patients are in part caused by the naturally ... cells called fibroblasts, according to a study conducted by ... effort by researchers to better understand the processes that ... difficulties in patients with asthma.,The findings were published online ...
... planned NHS and welfare reforms, and their use of ,nudge, ... the end of the nineteenth century, according to studies by ... been published in the Lancet . Dr Kim ... history, is his second in the Lancet within a year ...
... members providing care to older adults in the United ... associations. When older adults are hospitalized and discharged, their ... and how they will receive care. A University of ... will intensify with increasing demands for health care and ...
... limited number of toys showed more improvement in their ... community-based treatments. The report is the first ... Than Words for children younger than 2 showing ... enough and treated with the right behavioral therapy, autism ...
Cached Medicine News:Health News:Gift will allow Mayo researchers to explore cause of dementia in the elderly 2Health News:Gift will allow Mayo researchers to explore cause of dementia in the elderly 3Health News:For back, neck pain, artificial disc replacement has cost, outcome advantages over fusion surgery 2Health News:For back, neck pain, artificial disc replacement has cost, outcome advantages over fusion surgery 3Health News:Protein associated with allergic response causes airway changes in asthma patients 2Health News:Protein associated with allergic response causes airway changes in asthma patients 3Health News:Report indicates that 'new' welfare reforms hark back to Victorians 2Health News:Gaps in health care limit options for older adults, MU expert says 2Health News:Interest in toys predicts effectiveness of autism treatment in toddlers 2Health News:Interest in toys predicts effectiveness of autism treatment in toddlers 3
(Date:9/30/2014)... , Sept. 30, 2014 This ... for molecular imaging informatics solutions including nuclear imaging ... and comparison. The study assesses the size of ... 2010 and 2013, and projects future growth based ... as the dynamics taking place in the broader ...
(Date:9/30/2014)... -- Decision Resources Group finds that the markets for peripheral ... Russia , India ... see robust expansion as these economies expand and as ... revenues will be somewhat impeded by poor distribution of ... and demand for low-cost products, the market will ultimately ...
(Date:9/30/2014)... Sciences, Inc. (NASDAQ: ALIM ) (Alimera), a ... commercialization of prescription ophthalmic pharmaceuticals, announced today that it ... Growth Capital, Inc. (NYSE: HTGC ) (Hercules). ... the Loan and Security Agreement that Alimera,s subsidiary in ... Limited, entered into with Hercules in April of this ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:Analysis of the US Molecular Imaging Informatics Market 2Analysis of the US Molecular Imaging Informatics Market 3Brazilian, Russian, Indian and Chinese Markets for Peripheral Vascular Devices Will See Strong Expansion Through 2023 2Brazilian, Russian, Indian and Chinese Markets for Peripheral Vascular Devices Will See Strong Expansion Through 2023 3Alimera Sciences Receives $25 Million Advance from Hercules Technology Growth Capital 2
... and LOS ANGELES , May 10 ... "Company" or,"China Yongxin"), one of the leading health products company ... 2010 , the Company,s subsidiary, Changchun,Yongxin Dirui Medical Co. Inc. ... for Jilin province of China . According,to ...
... May 10 /PRNewswire-Asia/ -- On April 11, ... with Beijing Un-Assegai Technical &,Trade Co. Ltd. (hereinafter referred to ... China , as claimant and U.S. Abbott,Laboratories (Abbott U.S.; NYSE: ... the,China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission (CIETAC), which,has recently ...
Cached Medicine Technology:China Yongxin Pharmaceuticals is Selected as one of the Qualified Pharmaceutical Distributors for Jilin Province 2China Yongxin Pharmaceuticals is Selected as one of the Qualified Pharmaceutical Distributors for Jilin Province 3Assegai Wins Big Settlement Against ABBOTT's Subsidiary 2
... Philip's EASITrak 12 gives you the detailed ... treatment decisions for your patients with palpitations, ... with the EASI Lead System, this transtelephonic ... to capture a derived 12-lead ECG. Comfortable ...
... Viewer Phonocardiogram (PCG). The ZAC-Viewer is ... to record, condition, display and print heart ... The product acquires and displays the recorded ... sites, and allows user-selectable filtering of each ...
... with the challenge of,controlling costs while ... patient data,management is critical. INFINITY modular,patient ... important clinical information,wherever you are in ... concept,makes your job easier. You can ...
... system is a combination of a Siemens SOMATOM ... AXIOM Multistar angiography unit. Both systems use the ... between floating DSA position and fixed CT position. ... the park position. When it is nesessary to ...
Medicine Products: