Ioanna Nikoloutsou

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OBJECTIVES This study evaluated the effectiveness of behavioral interventions (brief counseling, nonspecific psychological support in groups - NSGS and cognitive behavioral group therapy - CBGT) in combination with bupropion SR for smoking cessation in the field, through a smoking cessation clinic. METHODS Two-hundred-and-five smokers were enrolled in a(More)
INTRODUCTION The initial management of suspected pulmonary embolism (PE) is commonly done in respiratory departments, but is based on clinical prediction rules developed in other settings. OBJECTIVE To determine the accuracy of established prediction rules for PE in patients with respiratory emergencies. DESIGN A prospective study MATERIALS AND(More)
OBJECTIVES The aim of this study was to estimate the clinical efficacy of counseling combined with currently used pharmacotherapy for smoking cessation (bupropion SR and nicotine replacement therapy, NRT) in actual clinical practice, and to identify predictors of successful abstinence at the end of therapy, as well as predictors of sustained abstinence in(More)
Background Motivational support is crucial for the success of smoking cessation. Significant others are a proven source of that support [1,2]. As far as we know social support has been used to achieve smoking cessation higher rates, but only as support and not as a concurrent attempt of a couple to quit smoking. We investigated whether the inclusion of(More)
Background Many patients with mild–moderate COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), are asymptomatic. Since expressed symptoms are usually mild and mostly attributed to age, they are often underestimated [1,2]. Thus early COPD patients usually remain undiagnosed [3]. The aim of the study is to evaluate the rates of undiagnosed COPD cases in early(More)
Background It is known that nicotine increases energy expenditure, basic metabolism and has appetite-suppressing properties, which likely explains why smokers tend to have lower body weight than non-smokers and why smoking cessation is followed by weight gain up to 12 kgr (7 kgr in median). Thus smoking cessation often has the disadvantage of increasing the(More)
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