AHRQ Releases Decision Aids for Lung Cancer Screening; Registration Open for April 7 Webinar on Implementation
New tools from AHRQ can help longtime smokers between the ages of 55 and 80 make informed decisions with their health care provider on whether to get screened for lung cancer with low-dose computed tomography (LDCT). The online tools are designed to support discussions between patients and providers about whether lung cancer screening is appropriate, as well as about the possible benefits and harms of screening using this method. LDCT is the only recommended screening test for lung cancer. The tools are designed for diverse users:
- For patients: Is Lung Cancer Screening Right for Me? A Decision Aid for People Considering Lung Cancer Screening With Low-Dose Computed Tomography.
- For patients and their health care professionals: Is Lung Cancer Screening Right for Me? A Decisionmaking Tool for You and Your Health Care Professional.
- For primary care clinicians: Lung Cancer Screening: A Summary Guide for Primary Care Clinicians, and Lung Cancer Screening: A Clinician’s Checklist.
Printed versions of the tools are available by calling (800) 358-9295 or by emailing AHRQPubs@ahrq.hhs.gov. Registration is open for a webinar on April 7 from 2:30 to 4 p.m. ET to discuss how the resources can be used to meet requirements of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services for shared decision-making and patient counseling. The webinar is free and continuing education/continuing medical education credits are available at no charge to eligible professionals.