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    OA09 - Prevention and Cessation (ID 909)

    • Event: WCLC 2018
    • Type: Oral Abstract Session
    • Track: Prevention and Tobacco Control
    • Presentations: 1
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    • Coordinates: 9/24/2018, 15:15 - 16:45, Room 205 BD
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      OA09.02 - Acceptance of Smoking Cessation Services in Cancer Care Ontario’s Lung Cancer Screening Pilot for People at High Risk (ID 13032)

      15:25 - 15:35  |  Author(s): Monica Yu

      • Abstract
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      Participation in lung cancer screening can be a teachable moment for smoking cessation. Current smokers who attend for lung screening may also be motivated to quit. In June 2017, Cancer Care Ontario launched organized lung cancer screening at 3 pilot sites in Ontario with smoking cessation embedded in the screening pathway. Participants are recruited through primary care providers and public-facing messaging.

      a9ded1e5ce5d75814730bb4caaf49419 Method

      Smoking cessation services (SCS) are offered to all current smokers (anyone who smoked a cigarette in the past 30 days) interacting with the pilot. Individuals found ineligible for screening are offered a direct referral to the Canadian Cancer Society’s Smokers’ Helpline. Screen-eligible individuals are scheduled for smoking cessation counselling during their baseline low-dose computed tomography (CT) appointment, using an opt-out approach. Hospital-based SCS are provided by trained counsellors and consist of 10 minutes (minimum) of behavioural counselling, a recommendation or prescription for pharmacotherapy, and arrangements for proactive follow-up. The proportions of current smokers who accept referral to SCS and who attend hospital-based smoking cessation counselling are being monitored throughout the pilot. A participant satisfaction survey is completed after the screening appointment (if applicable). Data on quit rates, quit attempts, heaviness of smoking and relapse among screening participants is being captured.

      4c3880bb027f159e801041b1021e88e8 Result

      Between June and October 2017, 50% of the 1241 individuals who underwent risk assessment to determine eligibility for screening were current smokers. Of the 808 individuals eligible for screening, 63% were current smokers: 52% were male, (age 55-64, 61%; 65-74, 39%), 55% had a high school education or less. 27% of ineligible individuals were current smokers. 83% of all current smokers (regardless of screen-eligibility) accepted a referral to SCS. Of screen-eligible current smokers, 89% accepted hospital-based cessation counselling; 88% of those who had a baseline low-dose CT in the reporting period attended a hospital-based counselling session. 93% of survey respondents (response rate 56%) reported being satisfied with the smoking cessation counselling they received.

      8eea62084ca7e541d918e823422bd82e Conclusion

      Acceptance of SCS by current smokers in Cancer Care Ontario’s lung cancer screening pilot is very high. A large majority of screened current smokers have attended a hospital-based counselling session, and satisfaction with this service was high. These findings suggest that an opt-out approach is acceptable to individuals motivated to attend a lung screening program. The final pilot evaluation in spring 2020 will evaluate the success of the smoking cessation initiative by assessing quit attempts, quit rates and relapse among screening participants.


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      Information from this presentation has been removed upon request of the author.