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Smoking Cessation Delivered by Medical Students Is Helpful to Homeless Population
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In this pilot study, we proposed, initially, to study 1) feasibility, 2) obstacles, 3) effect, and 4) differences between the therapy formats of medical students’ smoking cessation efforts with a homeless population. The therapies chosen were cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) and unstructured support. Pharmacotherapy was not used, as it would require close physician oversight, which would have diminished the independence of the medical students, and because pharmacotherapy would most likely be difficult for this economically disadvantaged population to acquire after the study period. If successful, this outreach model could provide a valuable service and correct a current deficit in medical school curricula.(Authors)

Academic Psychiatry
Arlington, VA
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