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UI's Ward granted $345,000 to examine hospital smoking-cessation policy

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.