The Effect of a Pulmonary Nodule Factsheet on Patient Anxiety and Knowledge: A Quality Improvement Initiative
59th Medical Wing San Antonio United States
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Pulmonary nodules are very common in the adult population. The majority of pulmonary nodules are subcentimeter in diameter and they are generally non-malignant in etiology. With the advent of lung cancer screening and increased computed tomography utlization, incidental pulmonary nodules are a frequent radiologic finding. As a quality improvement initiative we used surveys to evaluate patient understanding and anxiety associated with pulmonary nodules between 3-8 mm and the effect of a standardarized pulmonary nodule fact sheet on these parameters. We hypothesized that a pulmonary nodule fact sheet would improve patient knowledge and anxiety. Additionally, we predicted a significant portion of these patients would not desire surgery or radiation for lung cancer.
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