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Helping Smokers With Depression to Quit Smoking: Collaborative Care with Quitline

Wednesday, August 10, 2011  
Posted by: Natalia Gromov
Segan CJ, Borland R, Wilhelm KA, Bhar SS, Hannan AT, Dunt DR, Ferretter IT. MJA 2011; 195 (3): S7-S11

This study explored quitline-doctor comanagement of smoking cessation and depression among callers to the Victorian Quitline, including smokers' evaluations of the program and quitting success. Smokers disclosing doctor-diagnosed depression were followed to assess uptake of Quitline-doctor comanagement of their conditions, making a quit attempt, and sustained quitting. Results showed that at the two-month follow-up, 83% of participants agreed it was a good idea to involved their doctor in their quit attempt, 74% had discussed quitting with their doctor, and 43% had received comanagement of their depression and quitting. Overall, 72% made a quit attempt, 37% and 33% were quit at two and six months, respectively, and 20% achieved sustained cessation (>4 months). Participants who received comanagement were more likely to make a quit attempt and also received more quitline calls. The authors conclude that quitline-doctor comanagement of smoking cessation and depression is feasible, is valued by smokers, and increases the probability of quit attempts. They also note that comanagement did not increase the risk of exacerbation of depression.

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