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Kristina Crothers, M.D.

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University of Washington
Communicating Results of Lung Cancer Screening to Patients

Lung cancer screening using yearly chest CT in high-risk smokers decreases deaths. Despite a better understanding of how to help patients make decisions about getting screened, there is little knowledge about the best ways to communicate results after screening, and of factors that influence patients' adherence to follow-up (such as getting a repeat CT or other testing). We will determine patient factors associated with adherence to follow-up; assess patient understanding and preferences for methods of communicating results of lung cancer screening; and determine whether patients find an individualized report detailing the results of their lung cancer screening is acceptable, decreases distress and helps with understanding. This project will help providers to communicate with their patients about lung cancer screening and improve the clinical care of patients at risk for lung cancer.

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