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Identifying Possible Work-related Lung Cancer in the Clinical Setting — Getting Started

This study was designed to 1) test a lung cancer-specific occupational exposure assessment tool, and to 2) identify barriers and facilitators in the practical implementation of an exposure assessment tool – from the perspective of both the health care team and the worker

This pilot study confirmed the feasibility of using a questionnaire to assess the workplace exposures of lung cancer patients in a clinical setting. In the study, patients filled out questionnaires about their history of workplace exposures and the results were compared with findings of interviews conducted by an occupational hygienist. Key informant interviews with clinicians were also conducted to identify barriers and facilitators to clinicians investigating and reporting work-related lung cancer

Recommendations are provided for using patient-filled questionnaires to increase the reporting of possible work-related cancers and the appropriate referral of patients for further investigation

Principal Investigators: Linn Holness &Irena Kudla (St. Michael's Hospital)
Co-investigators: Victor Hoffstein (St. Michael's Hospital, Ontario), Gary Liss (University of Toronto, Ontario)
Funding Awarded: $29,897

Competition Year: 2006 File type: PDF (639 KB) Asset type: Research Research: RS2006-DG02