Professional Nursing 2
Instructor: Anita Massey
Course Project- Picot Question
Lung cancer screening is the lung scanning tests conducted to detect a disease in the
early stages. This ensures that if there is a disease seen, it is treated before symptoms manifest.
In the United States, it is not common to do frequent scanning to detect lung cancer. However,
doing periodic scanning will improve the survival rates of many patients in the future. People
who are above fifty years old and those who have been smoking for a long time need to have
lung scanning tests. This paper will cover the importance of having screening and how it can
improve the survival rates of cancer patients in the future.
Lung cancers are the highest rate of cancer worldwide. It has killed a lot of people. In
most cases, when scanning is done, the disease is at a late stage. Hence, it is too late to cure the
patients. Several lung screening tests have to be conducted in due time to save many lives
(Makinson, Tron, Grabar, Milleron, Reynes, Le Moing, & Guiguet, 2020). The test that has
been proven as being most effective in detecting lung cancer in its early stages is a low-dose
CT (Computer Tomography) scan. An X-ray scan aided with a computer takes scanned pictures
of the lungs. The images produced have more content than regular x-ray scans. The radiologist
will analyze the scanned lung images and will determine if there are problems with the chest. If
small spots are detected, then the patient is healthy. If the area becomes more extensive in the
periodic scanning tests, the patient most likely has lung cancer.
Possible integration of the evidence that you found in clinical practice.
When the low CT scan tests show that one has lung cancer, it is possible to determine
cancer progression. When one has cancer symptoms such as chest infections and coughs, the
patient is mainly in the late stages (Draucker, Rawl, Vode, & Carter, 2019). A patient who has
no symptoms may be in the early stages. Low CT scans detect lung cancer more efficiently
compared to standard chest X-ray tests. Hence screening using CT scans has a high probability
of saving lung cancer, infected patients. Several tests worldwide have shown that lung cancer
deaths have been minimized by over 20%. This is due to the use of CT scans in testing men for
US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommended low CT scanning tests for
men above fifty-five years old in 2013. Those who stopped smoking fifteen years ago or are
current smokers were also tested (Louise Henderson, Patricia Rivera, & Ethan Basch, 2021).
However, the USPSTF decided to update the recommendations. The new minimal year to be
tested would be fifty years. Additionally, the number of smoking years would be from thirty to
twenty. However, few patients who meet the criteria for scanning are being tested.
Methods to evaluate the effectiveness of implementation.
A study was conducted to determine why those who met the low CT scan test
requirements did not take the tests. Both qualitative and quantitative tests were carried out
(Black, 2018). First, the qualitative test involved asking the participants questions regarding
whether they had low CT scan tests during the last year. They were given a picture of CT scans
to provide valid answers. About forty CT scan eligible subjects participated in the study. They
filled questionnaires with their consent.
The qualitative study involved telephone calls to the people who were eligible for CT
scan tests. Three nurse researchers and six nursing students helped to ask the questions for the
research. The people in the survey were asked why they did not take low CT scan tests
(Stephens, Foley, Miller, & Bellinger, 2019). Tables were constructed to record the age,
gender, and smoking status of the participants. They were grouped into five groups based on
their reasons for testing or not. According to the results, twelve out of forty people did not get
CT scans because they thought it unnecessary. Most of them feared the probability of being
found with cancer.
Due to the research results from several journals, it is evident that many people have not
been tested. Most of them think that it is unnecessary to do low CT scans. Others are open to
the suggestion but have not been informed by their health practitioners. To increase the number
of standard CT scan tests on the people who meet requirements, they need to take specific
measures. People have to be educated on the importance of low CT scans for early lung cancer
detection. Additionally, medical staff needs to inform patients who meet the requirements for
low CT scans to take tests. Doing this will reduce lung cancer-related deaths in the US and the
world at large.