Lewis JA, Spalluto LB, Henschke CI, Yankelevitz DF, Aguayo SM, Morales P, Avila R, Audet CM, Prusaczyk B, Lindsell CJ, Callaway-Lane C, Dittus RS, Vogus TJ, Massion PP, Limper HM, Kripalani S, Moghanaki D, Roumie CL. Protocol to evaluate an enterprise-wide initiative to increase access to lung cancer screening in the Veterans Health Administration. Clinical imaging. 2021 May;73(73). 151-161. PMID: 33422974 [PubMed] PMCID: PMC8479827 NIHMSID: NIHMS1660842.
The Veterans Affairs Partnership to increase Access to Lung Screening (VA-PALS) is an enterprise-wide initiative to implement lung cancer screening programs at VA medical centers (VAMCs). VA-PALS will be using implementation strategies that include program navigators to coordinate screening activities, trainings for navigators and radiologists, an open-source software management system, tools to standardize low-dose computed tomography image quality, and access to a support network. VAMCs can utilize strategies according to their local needs. In this protocol, we describe the planned program evaluation for the initial 10 VAMCs participating in VA-PALS.