KUCTT Research Update: Connect2Quit Smoking Cessation
Although cigarette smoking is the No. 1 preventable cause of death in the US,
helping patients quit cannot always be a top priority during health provider visits.
Research studies such as Connect2Quit, the federally funded smoking cessation
research study at the University of Kansas Medical Center, help providers find a
way to fit smoking cessation advice into their busy schedules, without placing an
undue burden on their practices. Long term, this study also offers the potential
for contributing to improved treatment techniques for other major chronic health
concerns, such as obesity or diabetes.
Ten rural clinics throughout Kansas currently are collaborating in
Connect2Quit. Program development and daily management comes
from the Department of Preventive Medicine and Public Health at KU Medical Center,
with interactive video conferencing and technology resources provided by the
KU Center for Telemedicine & Telehealth. In the accompanying photograph,
Leah Lanbert, MPH, and Alex Perez-Estrada (on screen), both with the Department
of Preventive Medicine and Public Health, are demonstrating the telemedicine
connection used in the study.
In each of the ten clinics, study participants are randomly assigned to receive
counseling sessions delivered through one of two techniques:
- Through standard telephone "quit-lines" at their homes
- Through computer connections at their physicians' office
In addition to individual counseling, each session includes tips to help participants
quit smoking and guidance in considering the need and effective use of medication.
If you or someone you know would like to take part in this study, call 877-992-7848
or 877-992-QUIT to take advantage of this opportunity to help people break the smoking
habit. For more information about other telemedicine research or outreach programs
at KUCTT, contact Dr. Eve-Lynn Nelson at
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