Smoking Cessation Counseling in Lung Cancer Screening Programs

Vijayalakshmi Iyer, PhD, and Erin Burns, PhD
Published: Friday, May 03, 2019
Peter J. Mazzone MD, MPH

Peter J. Mazzone MD, MPH

The Lung Cancer Screening Implementation Guide1 was a product of collaboration among 25 experts from 16 institutions. But it was also a product of both the successes and failures of lung cancer screening (LCS) programs before it.

It is also important to track whether smoking cessation counseling is provided in the LCS program. This can be done via documentation in the EHR as part of the order for the scan, via documentation in the LCS database, or through tracking of quality metrics, which may include:
  • The number of individuals screened for tobacco use and/or the number of individuals who present to an LCS screening site
  • The number of individuals who received or refused counseling to quit and/or the number of individuals identified as current tobacco users
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