Opening the dialogue in a nonjudgmental but direct manner with patients is best, said Michael V. Burke, EdD, treatment program coordinator at the NDC. Emphasize the value of treating tobacco dependence using methods similar to those used for a chronic medical condition, and then either provide medication and counseling support or refer the patient for specialist care.
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“Most patients do not realize that medications and counseling can dramatically increase their likelihood for success, and there is a dose-response relationship so that more/longer medications and longer-term counseling are more effective than shorter doses of either,” said Dr. Burke. “Otolaryngologists have an important teachable moment to address this.”
Renee Barcher is a freelance medical writer based in Louisiana.