Lung Cancer Screening Shared Decision-Making
Maine Medical Center (MMC) proposes to develop and pilot test a new program, the Lung Cancer Screening-Shared Decision Making (LCS-SDM) program. The goal is to make lung cancer screening using low-dose CT (LDCT) scans available to eligible patients,and to ensure that patients who choose to undergo lung cancer screening using LDCT are well informed about its potential benefits and risks.
The program aims to:
1) Develop clinical processes needed to identify screening-eligible patients and to ensure appropriate test interpretation and follow-up;
2) Develop patient education processes and decision support materials needed to ensure SDM in LCS.
3) Pilot test a model LCS-SDM program that integrates clinical and patient education processes using Nurse Navigator support
4) Provide access to funds for patients who are unable to afford Lung CT screening
5) Evaluate the feasibility, acceptability, and preliminary effectiveness of the LCS-SDM program using in-depth interviews and surveys with patients and health care providers.
The program is expected to produce important preliminary evidence and patient education and support resources for future LCS
initiatives at MMC and other Maine hospitals, and for national efforts to implement LDCT screening.