University of Kansas Gets $2M to Counsel Smokers

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) _ University of Kansas researchers get a $2
million grant to study if video conferencing with smokers can help
them quit.
The National Institutes of Health grant will be distributed over
four years. The study will look at whether Internet-based video
conferencing to help smokers quit works better than telephone
counseling.
Some counselors have reported that they thought patients were
smoking while being counseled over the phone.
University of Kansas associate professor Kimber Richter says if
the study is successful, it could lead to a new tool for rural
doctors.
Researchers from the University of Kansas and the University of
Missouri-Kansas City will begin delivering the telemedicine
sessions to about 25 doctor's offices in rural areas of Kansas by
March.
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Information from: The Kansas City Star, http://www.kcstar.com

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