CME Course

Factors Affecting Patient Adherence to Lung Cancer Screening

The authors conducted a prospective study of LCS adherence to determine whether patient demographics and Lung-RADS influenced routine follow-up. The authors were especially interested in evaluating the role of socioeconomic status on adherence because previous studies suggest that patients from lower socioeconomic backgrounds are more likely to be diagnosed at an advanced stage of disease and have higher mortality rates from lung cancer.

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Target Audience

Southern Medical Journal (SMJ) is an interdisciplinary, multi-specialty Journal, and articles span the spectrum of medical topics, providing timely, up-to-date information for primary care physicians and specialists alike. The SMJ enables physicians to provide the best possible care to patients in this age of rapidly changing modern medicine.  Therefore, the readers of the SMJ are an appropriate target for this article.

Goals and Objectives

Lung-RADS (Lung Imaging and Reporting Data System) is a widely used system to classify CT findings in patients undergoing lung cancer screening (LCS), which helps guide clinical decision making regarding when to conduct additional LCS and whether a patient requires further evaluation (eg, biopsy). The authors conducted a prospective study of LCS adherence to determine whether patient demographics and Lung-RADS influenced routine follow-up. The authors were especially interested in evaluating the role of socioeconomic status on adherence because previous studies suggest that patients from lower socioeconomic backgrounds are more likely to be diagnosed at an advanced stage of disease and have higher mortality rates from lung cancer. At the conclusion of the session, learners should be better prepared to:

  1. Recognize patient non-adherence as a cause for diminished effectiveness of recommended lung cancer screening. 
  2. Examine factors that may affect patient adherence to lung cancer screening.
  3. Design and deploy processes to improve patient adherence to recommended lung cancer screening tasks.

Course Information

CME Release Date: November 9, 2020
Valid for credit through: November 9, 2021
Course type: CME Journal Article 
Estimated time of completion: 1 hour

Credits Available

Southern Medical Association is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Southern Medical Association designates this Journal-based CME activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

AAPA: AAPA accepts certificates of participation for educational activities certified for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ from organizations accredited by ACCME or a recognized state medical society. 

AANPCP: The American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Program (AANPCP) accepts AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ from organizations accredited by the ACCME.

Healthcare Professionals
For information on applicability and acceptance of continuing education credit for this activity, please consult your professional licensing board.  All healthcare professionals who are not MDs or DOs will receive a certificate of participation.

Instructions for Participation and Credit

This activity is designed to be completed within the time designated; learners should claim only those credits that reflect the time actually spent in the activity. To successfully earn credit, participants must complete the activity online during the valid credit period noted, following these steps:

  • Read the course description, accreditation information, and disclosure information.
  • Login to access the course content and resources for further study.
  • Complete the activity evaluation and attestation.

Upon successful completion of the test, evaluation and attestation, your certificate will be processed and emailed from customerservice@sma.org within approximately 1 hour. Credits will be archived for 6 years; at any point within this time period you may login to your account to print a duplicate copy of your certificate.

Disclosure of Relevant Financial Relationships

As an organization accredited by the ACCME, Southern Medical Association requires everyone who is in a position to control the content of an education activity to disclose all relevant financial relationships with any commercial interest. The ACCME defines "relevant financial relationships" as financial relationships in any amount, occurring within the past 12 months, including financial relationships of a spouse or life partner that could create a conflict of interest.

Southern Medical Association encourages Speakers/Authors to identify investigational products or off-label uses of products regulated by the US Food and Drug Administration, at first mention and where appropriate in the content.

The following individuals, unless otherwise notedhave no relevant financial relationships to disclose.

Manuscript Author(s):
Christina Bellinger, MD
Kristie Foley, PhD
Frank Genese, MD
Aaron Lampkin, DO
Stephen Kuperberg, MD    

SMJ Editor-in-Chief:
Steven T. Baldwin, MD

Southern Medical Association/Southern Medical Journal Editorial Staff:
Jennifer S. Price, MA, Managing Editor
Anita McCabe, Copyeditor

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