Stakeholder Research Priorities for Smoking Cessation Interventions within Lung Cancer Screening Programs. An Official American Thoracic Society Research Statement

Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2017 Nov 1;196(9):1202-1212. doi: 10.1164/rccm.201709-1858ST.


Rationale: Smoking cessation counseling in conjunction with low-dose computed tomography (LDCT) lung cancer screening is recommended in multiple clinical practice guidelines. The best approach for integrating effective smoking cessation interventions within this setting is unknown.

Objectives: To summarize evidence, identify research gaps, prioritize topics for future research, and propose standardized tools for use in conducting research on smoking cessation interventions within the LDCT lung cancer screening setting.

Methods: The American Thoracic Society convened a multistakeholder committee with expertise in tobacco dependence treatment and/or LDCT screening. During an in-person meeting, evidence was reviewed, research gaps were identified, and key questions were generated for each of three research domains: (1) target population to study; (2) adaptation, development, and testing of interventions; and (3) implementation of interventions with demonstrated efficacy. We also identified standardized measures for use in conducting this research. A larger stakeholder panel then ranked research questions by perceived importance in an online survey. Final prioritization was generated hierarchically on the basis of average rank assigned.

Results: There was little consensus on which questions within the population domain were of highest priority. Within the intervention domain, research to evaluate the effectiveness in the lung cancer screening setting of evidence-based smoking cessation interventions shown to be effective in other contexts was ranked highest. In the implementation domain, stakeholders prioritized understanding strategies to identify and overcome barriers to integrating smoking cessation in lung cancer screening settings.

Conclusions: This statement offers an agenda to stimulate research surrounding the integration and implementation of smoking cessation interventions with LDCT lung cancer screening.

Keywords: LDCT screening; lung cancer screening; research priorities; smoking cessation; tobacco dependence treatment.

Publication types

  • Practice Guideline
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Biomedical Research*
  • Humans
  • Lung Neoplasms / complications*
  • Mass Screening*
  • Smoking Cessation / methods*
  • Societies, Medical
  • Tobacco Use Disorder / complications*
  • Tobacco Use Disorder / therapy*
  • United States