Primary care providers (PCPs) often have less than 5 minutes to discuss substantive, high-volume decisions like cancer screening. My CDA focuses on providing the foundational research and preparation necessary to learn how to use decision support to personalize these tough decisions in primary care settings. To accomplish these goals, I will conduct initial research in the low-dose computed tomography lung cancer-screening (LCS) context. Even more than other preventive services, it is difficult to know which patients can expect enough benefit from LCS to justify exposure to the harms. Some eligible Veterans can expect large health gains while others face a fine balance of benefit and harm. More difficult yet is explaining to patients the trade-offs of screening for them personally. A better understanding of how to personalize LCS is urgently needed.
Use LCS as a model to study how to deliver decision support to personalize screening in primary care settings.
Aim 1 - Assess informed stakeholder views (2 projects): The goal of this aim is to use democratic deliberation methods to extensively inform and engage key LCS stakeholders and elicit recommendations for practical approaches to personalizing LCS. First, I will recruit a "citizens jury" of 12-15 clinical stakeholders (PCPs and clinical leaders) from VA nationwide to provide recommendations on "boundary rules" for when screening should be encouraged, discouraged, or left wholly to l patient choice (project 1a). Then, I will recruit a random sample of up to 64 "VISN 10" Veterans (LCS-eligible) for a 6-8 hour "deliberation poll" (project 1b).
Aim 2 - Optimize decision support 'fit' with the VA clinical context (2 projects): First, I will conduct a mixed-methods "synthesis" analysis of ongoing tool implementation data (from a VA QUERI project I co-lead) to understand how LCS decision support can be redesigned to overcome implementation challenges and enhance motivators for tool use (project 2a). Then, I survey clinical stakeholders to: 1) evaluate novel decision support content and design strategies; 2) contribute new ideas; and 3) prioritize strategies and content for an upgraded tool (project 2b).
Aim 3 - Pilot (2 projects): Conduct a real-world pilot test of a novel decision tool to improve LCS decisions.
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This research will help PCPs and their teams address national guidelines for offering LCS, while also informing how decisions for similar substantive, high-volume interventions can be personalized in primary care.
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Grant Number: IK2HX002246-01A2
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