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Smoking kills. Can telephone-based cessation counseling help?

May 16, 2017

    When the USPSTF in 2013 recommended low-dose CT screening for patients at high risk for lung cancer, organizations across the country started investing in lung cancer screening programs—a critical component of which is smoking cessation counseling. Unfortunately, limited resources and logistical barriers for patients often make it difficult to deliver effective smoking cessation counseling.

    Could telehealth be the solution? Keep reading to find out.

    What did a randomized control trial say?

    Researchers at the Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center conducted a randomized control trial to test the feasibility and efficacy of a telephone-counseling smoking cessation intervention compared to usual care for lung cancer screening patients. They enrolled patients from three different sites on the East Coast—MedStar Georgetown University Hospital in Washington, D.C., Hackensack University Medical Center in New Jersey, and Lahey Hospital and Medical Center in Massachusetts. Participants included current smokers registered to receive lung cancer screening, aged 50-77 years old, who had more than 20 years smoking history.

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