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Patients have good recall on lung cancer screening scan benefits, not risks

Key clinical point: Patients tend to recall the benefits of lung cancer screening much more than the risks, underscoring the need for ongoing patient education beyond the initial shared decision-making encounter.

Major finding: About 9 in 10 patients recalled key information on the benefits, but only about 4 in 10 recalled information on risks.

Study details: Survey of 228 patients who had a baseline screening CT scan 6-12 months earlier.

Disclosures: Study authors reported no relevant relationships.


Hirsch E et al. CHEST 2019. Abstract, doi: 10.1016/j.chest.2019.08.107.