WRITER: ELIZABETH HAMILTON
CONTACT: DAVE PEDERSEN
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UI's Ward granted $345,000 to examine hospital smoking-cessation
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Marcia M. Ward, Ph.D., UI associate professor of
hospital and health administration, has been awarded a two-year grant from
the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
The foundation will provide $345,579 to support a study on how hospitals
and clinics handle patients who smoke. Other research has shown that hospital
staffs often neglect practice guidelines that recommend ways for health
care providers to counsel their patients about tobacco use. Ward and her
colleagues, Bradley Doebbeling, M.D., Thomas Vaughn, Ph.D., and Robert
Woolson, M.D., will examine 176 Veterans Health Administration facilities
to determine how hospital administrators can effectively implement practice
guidelines to decrease the smoking rate among their patient populations.
The grant was awarded under the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Substance
Abuse Policy Research Program, established to encourage investigation into
the effectiveness of substance abuse treatment programs, alcohol policy
and tobacco regulation. The foundation will award nearly $6 million for
projects to identify and assess policies that can reduce the harm caused
by alcohol, tobacco and illegal drugs.