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The PCORI-funded study, led by Robert J. Volk, PhD, at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, shows that a decision aid delivered through tobacco quitlines effectively reaches a screening-eligible population and results in informed decisions about lung cancer screening.
Volk and his team devised the patient-centered decision aid to help smokers choose between lung cancer screening options based on what is most important to them, and then compared its effectiveness versus a traditional brochure that answered common questions about screening. As the research team reported in this JAMA Network Open article, compared to the group that received the brochure, patients who used the decision aid were markedly more prepared to make a screening decision.
Because the findings suggest that decision aids about lung cancer screening can reach—and significantly help—large numbers of smokers who are eligible for screening through tobacco quitlines, this project has received a PCORI Dissemination and Implementation Award to spread the decision aid to eight state tobacco quitlines.