The Lung Cancer Policy Network has published its first report, Lung cancer screening: learning from implementation. The report highlights the existing wealth of research in implementation of lung cancer screening and is supported by a variety of global case studies. It is produced with contributions from Network members.
Several decades of implementation research have provided important lessons that can help pave the way for successful implementation of low-dose computed tomography (LDCT) screening. The report analyses the four most important lessons:
- Tailor eligibility criteria for screening to reach those at highest risk of lung cancer
- Develop targeted outreach to address potential barriers to participation in lung cancer screening
- Amplify the impact of lung cancer screening by integrating it into other public health initiatives
- Ensure the full integration of lung cancer screening into health systems
Early detection of lung cancer by screening healthy people offers an opportunity for governments to dramatically shift the detection of lung cancer to earlier stages and to address its devastating global impact. It is our hope that the lessons and case studies in this report can provide a blueprint for governments and other institutions to implement lung cancer screening programmes for the benefit of all.
Andrea Borondy Kitts, Network member, Rescue Lung, Recue Life and Prosumer Health
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