Implementing physician education to increase lung cancer screening uptake

Coral Olazagasti, Nagashree Seetharamu, Nina Kohn, David Steiger

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Aim: Lung cancer (LC) is the leading cause of cancer-related deaths worldwide. The US Preventive Services Task Force and National Comprehensive Cancer Network recommend annual low-dose computed tomography (LDCT) for eligible adults. We conducted a study to assess physician LDCT referral patterns. Methods: The study was divided into a pre-, intervention, and post-intervention periods. The intervention was a LC screening educational series. We evaluated rates of LDCT screening referrals during pre- and post-intervention periods. Results: In the pre-intervention period, 75 patients fulfilled US Preventive Services Task Force and/or National Comprehensive Cancer Network criteria and 27% underwent LDCT. In the post-intervention period, 135 patients fulfilled either screening criteria of whom 61.5% underwent LDCT. Conclusion: In our study, educational lectures improved compliance significantly and should be used as tool for primary care providers to effectively increase LDCT screening referrals.

Original languageEnglish
Article numberLMT55
JournalLung Cancer Management
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1 Feb 2023


  • early detection
  • lung cancer
  • physician education
  • quality improvement
  • screening
  • tobacco


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