Healthcare Professionals' Perspectives on Adapting a Community Health Worker Model to Facilitate Lung Cancer Screening for Chinese For-Hire Vehicle Drivers

J Cancer Educ. 2022 Apr;37(2):311-318. doi: 10.1007/s13187-020-01813-2.


Chinese immigrant for-hire vehicle (FHV) drivers who smoke or smoked are at high risk for lung cancer due to the combined impact of tobacco use and air pollution exposure yet underutilize lung cancer screening (LCS). Community Health Worker (CHW) programs have been effective at improving cancer screening rates. This study describes a community needs assessment to inform the adaptation of an existing CHW intervention to facilitate LCS among Chinese FHV drivers. Interviews were conducted until saturation with 13 Chinese-serving health professionals to determine the community's needs, priorities, and preferences. Transcripts were qualitatively analyzed using Atlas.ti. Seven frequently occurring themes were identified: knowledge of guidelines/access to LCS, acceptability of CHW program, CHW role in screening process, qualities of an ideal CHW, barriers to LCS, challenges to implementing a CHW program, and adaptations to CHW program. The adapted CHW intervention should include culturally tailored health education to increase LCS knowledge for patients and providers.

Keywords: Cancer prevention; Chinese immigrants; Community health workers; For-hire vehicle drivers; Lung cancer screening.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural

MeSH terms

  • China
  • Community Health Workers
  • Delivery of Health Care
  • Early Detection of Cancer*
  • Humans
  • Lung Neoplasms* / diagnosis
  • Lung Neoplasms* / prevention & control