Kathryn L. Taylor, Ph.D.

Institution: Georgetown University

Project: Testing Methods to Increase Lung Cancer Screening Among Quitline Callers

Grant(s): Lung Cancer Discovery Award

Lung cancer deaths can be reducedthrough CT lung screening and treatment of early stage disease, preventing up to 12,000 U.S. lung cancer deaths annually. However, not enough eligible individuals are undergoing lung screening. One large and untapped group of people eligible for lung screening are the 56,000 older smokers who utilize state quitlines each year. We propose to test two low-cost and sustainable methods of providing Maryland quitline users with information needed for making an informed decision about lung screening: a validated, interactive website vs. a print version of the website, to improve the primary outcomes of lung screening knowledge and  intention to undergo screening. Given the continued digital divide, both web- and print-based educational methods are needed to reach all screening-eligible smokers who access the quitline.

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