Saturday, November 25, 2006

Smoking cessation in psychotic patients

People with a psychotic disorder can benefit from a smoking cessation intervention consisting of nicotine replacement therapy plus motivational interviewing and cognitive behavior therapy, according to a new study.

"Despite extremely high rates of smoking among individuals with psychotic disorders and the associated financial and health costs, few studies have investigated the efficacy of smoking cessation interventions among this group," Dr. Amanda Baker, of the University of Newcastle, Australia, and colleagues write in the current issue of the American Journal of Psychiatry. Details.

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