University of Kansas researchers get a $2 million grant to study if video conferencing with smokers can help them quit.
The National Institutes of Health grant will be distributed over four years. The study will look at whether Internet-based video conferencing to help smokers quit works better than telephone counseling.
Some counselors have reported that they thought patients were smoking while being counseled over the phone.
University of Kansas associate professor Kimber Richter says if the study is successful, it could lead to a new tool for rural doctors.
Researchers from the University of Kansas and the University of Missouri-Kansas City will begin delivering the telemedicine sessions to about 25 doctor's offices in rural areas of Kansas by March.