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National Institutes of Health: National Cancer Institute: Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences
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Grant Number: 5R01CA067594-08 Interpret this number
Primary Investigator: Ossip-Klein, Deborah
Organization: University Of Rochester
Project Title: Retargeting Mid Life and Older Smokers
Fiscal Year: 2003
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DESCRIPTION (Applicant's abstract): There are over 13 million smokers ages 50+ in the United States, who tend to be heavy, long-term smokers who are more likely to have chronic diseases caused or exacerbated by smoking. Stopping smoking can reduce morbidity and mortality from disabling diseases and conditions across the lifespan. Thus, the implications of smoking and smoking cessation for maintenance of health and independent living for older populations are considerable. Little data are available on effective treatments for smoking in this growing population. Assisted self-help interventions seem particularly appropriate to this group, who may be limited geographically or by health status in their ability to access smoking intervention services. Preliminary results from the current and preceding trials suggest that proactive telecounseling, in combination with a self-help manual and access to a reactive quitline, enhances quit rates, particularly among those using concurrent pharmacotherapy for smoking cessation. Results of other trials indicate that multiple quit attempts are often necessary to achieve smoking abstinence, and telecounseling may enhance recycling (i.e., re-quitting after a failed attempt). The proposed study will extend the scope of the current trial to examine the effectiveness of recycling smokers ages 50+ with a failed quit attempt in the past two years (recruited from the current trial and supplemented with community recruits). Two groups will be compared: 1) Minimal Intervention Control - self-help manual and access to a reactive quitline (smokers call in to the quitline for assistance); and 2) Proactive - manual and quitline along with proactive telecounseling calls (calls out to participants) to supporting re-quitting and supporting use of FDA approved pharmacotherapies for smoking cessation (nicotine replacement, bupropion, and others if they are approved during the period of study. Subjects will be followed at 6, 12, and 18 months for assessment of smoking status, health outcomes, and use of cessation resources (manual, quitline, proactive telecounseling, pharmacotherapy)

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Self-help Interventions For Older Smokers
Authors: Ossip-Klein D.J. , Carosella A.M. , Krusch D.A. .
Source: Tobacco Control, 1997 Autumn; 6(3), p. 188-93.
PMID: 9396102
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Smokers Ages 50+: Who Gets Physician Advice To Quit?
Authors: Ossip-Klein D.J. , McIntosh S. , Utman C. , Burton K. , Spada J. , Guido J. .
Source: Preventive Medicine, 2000 Oct; 31(4), p. 364-9.
PMID: 11006061
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Smoking Is A Geriatric Health Issue
Authors: Ossip-Klein D.J. , Pearson T.A. , McIntosh S. , Orleans C.T. .
Source: Nicotine & Tobacco Research : Official Journal Of The Society For Research On Nicotine And Tobacco, 1999 Dec; 1(4), p. 299-300.
PMID: 11072426
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Quitlines In North America: Evidence Base And Applications
Authors: Ossip-Klein D.J. , McIntosh S. .
Source: The American Journal Of The Medical Sciences, 2003 Oct; 326(4), p. 201-5.
PMID: 14557735
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Attitudes Toward Giving Smoking Cessation Advice Among Nursing Staff At A Long-term Residential Care Facility
Authors: Watt C.A. , Carosella A.M. , Podgorski C. , Ossip-Klein D.J. .
Source: Psychology Of Addictive Behaviors : Journal Of The Society Of Psychologists In Addictive Behaviors, 2004 Mar; 18(1), p. 56-63.
PMID: 15008686
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