Margaret A.WinkerMD, Deputy EditorIndividualAuthorPhil B.FontanarosaMD, Interim CoeditorIndividualAuthor
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In Reply: As Mr Deagle and Dr
Berigan and Drs Antonuccio and Danton correctly indicate, meta-analyses
show that combined behavioral and pharmacological therapy produces the
highest quit rates. Deagle and Berigan believe that group behavioral
therapies are more effective than other formats such as telephone
counseling. However, telephone counseling has been shown to be
effective1 and there is no direct evidence that group
therapy is more effective than other therapies.
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