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KU researchers receive $2 million grant to help people stop smoking

October 27, 2008

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Researchers at Kansas University Medical Center have secured a $2 million grant to study new ways to help people quit smoking.

The four-year grant from the National Institutes of Health will test whether Internet-based video conferencing is effective at getting patients to quit smoking, said Kimber Richter, associate professor of preventive medicine and public health.

The video conferencing will be conducted at doctors' offices in mainly rural areas, Richter said, and will be tested against the traditional method of telephone counseling.

"We think that the Web cam will help counselors and patients build a better rapport," she said. "We think it is just a better kind of partnership for quitting smoking."

Richter said researchers anticipate other benefits to videoconferencing, too.

Occasionally, counselors will report that they thought that patients who used the existing telephone service were smoking while on the phone.

With the face-to-face contact, that becomes a non-issue, Richter said.

"They can't smoke in the doctor's office," she said.

The researchers will partner with KU's Center for TeleMedicine and TeleHealth to provide the video links to the various doctors' offices.

Patients will be referred by their doctors for participation in the new study, Richter said.

"It'll be one more way to help people quit smoking," she said. "Some people may not like the idea of telephone counseling."

Richter said that the Web cameras could serve as a fall-back option for those who have tried and failed to quit by using other options.

Comments

hujiko 6 years, 1 month ago

If I were to ever get lung cancer from second hand smoke, it would definitely be from the KU campus.

Sean Livingstone 6 years, 1 month ago

It sounds so naive to just pay people to quit smoking. If we have 1 million smokers, each will only get $2. Will they quit smoking for $2? NIH wants to thoroughly examine how to make people quit and then uses the research to make sure people stop smoking. Good investment, but it depends on the results from this research.

cowboy 6 years, 1 month ago

speaking from a smokers perspective , Why are you wasting money on this ! This is a perfect example of throwing money into the wind !

anagram 6 years, 1 month ago

I agree that the suggestion to pay smokers to quit is naive. $2 million would pay for 2000 people to quit... once. Grants like this are intended to discover ways to get people to quit smoking and stay off it, and they have the potential to help many more people well into the future if the method turns out to work. Programs like this sound especially beneficial for rural areas.

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