Tobacco users can choose from a variety of free services, from the traditional telephone counseling
program to expanded services including nicotine replacement therapy, web-based assistance, text messaging, emails, and a Quit Guide.
After randomizing women into two groups--55 receiving structured telephone counseling
and 59 receiving conventional counseling.
The guidance also calls on insurers to pay for at least four tobacco cessation counseling sessions of 10 minutes or more each, regardless of whether they're telephone counseling
, group counseling, or individual counseling sessions.
The material is divided into seven parts: the varieties of telephone service; crisis intervention and counseling by telephone, which explores suicidal crises, common errors and fallacies, cognitive therapy approaches, Gestalt therapy approaches, and other topics; problem callers, including obscene, chronic, silent, and nuisance callers; special topics such as adolescents, war veterans, rural communities, the elderly, and the disabled on campus; beyond the telephone contact, which examines contact methods such as email and letter; the telephone counselor; and evaluation of telephone counseling
The study found patients who received telephone counseling
had lower rates of discontinuing treatment compared to those receiving in-person counseling.
To support the telephone counseling
, callers wanting on-ground support will be referred to a local Tobacco Intervention Initiative (TII) center of the Indian Dental Association (IDA).
Program evaluation results based on over 40,000 clients served, support meta-analytic reviews that have established that telephone counseling
is an effective intervention for tobacco use cessation.
To learn more, researchers at UW in Seattle are doing a study to see if telephone counseling
aimed at helping people with certain physical disabilities become more physically active is an effective treatment for depression.
The study subjects were randomly assigned during a primary care office visit to either receive a booklet on general healthy behaviors for older adults, or the intervention, which included a personalized report of their alcohol-related risks, a drinking diary to help them keep track of their consumption, a booklet on aging and drinking, and advice from a primary health care provider and telephone counseling
from a health educator at two, four and eight weeks after the start of the study.
This is one of the few large trials that have looked at the internet and telephone counseling
combined," Graham told Reuters Health in an interview about the study, published in the Archives of Internal Medicine.
In the intervention group, 691 of 1,058 adolescents (65%) identified as smokers by a classroom survey completed at least one telephone conversation with trained smoking cessation counselors; 47% (499) completed all planned telephone counseling
The BYU researchers cited a previous antidepressant drug trial that happened to include a telephone counseling