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Kristina Crothers, M.D.

University of Washington
Communicating Results of Lung Cancer Screening to Patients
Lung Cancer Discovery Award

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.

Update: With the support of this Lung Cancer Discovery Award, we are determining patient factors associated with adherence to follow-up, and assessing patient understanding and preferences for methods to communicate results of lung cancer screening. In the subsequent year, we will determine whether patients find a tailored report of their lung cancer screening results to be acceptable, decreases distress and helps with understanding. This project will help implement lung cancer screening in ways that patients can understand, helping providers to communicate with their patients about lung cancer screening and considering outcomes that are important to patients.

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