Last month we acknowledged our fantastic medical editors and some of their recent achievements. We love seeing our medical editors achieve such great things, but we love it even more when we are able to be a part of their achievements. Recently, one of our medical editors, Dr. Richard Hoffman, and his colleagues, based at the University of New Mexico Prevention Research Center, were awarded a grant from the Department of Health and Human Services Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The grant will support conducting formative research to identify patient and provider barriers and facilitators to engaging in shared decision making for lung cancer screening and smoking cessation among under-served minority populations. Rich emphasizes that this research is important because, “lung-cancer screening is a preference sensitive decision and patients should be supported in making informed decisions.”
Pam Wescott and Ellen Reifler, members of the Informed Medical Decisions Foundation’s patient perspective team, will be contributing to the study by helping develop focus group and individual interview guides for patients and providers. In addition, they will be assisting with reviewing and interpreting the findings with the goal of using that information to develop decision support tools. They are both very excited to begin working with Rich, especially, as Pam points out, because “we will be able to hear perspectives from underserved minority populations we don’t always hear from.”
Rich and his colleagues have received $225,000 in funding for this one-year grant starting September 30, 2013; 100% of the grant is being financed by Federal funds. We congratulate Rich on receiving this funding and look forward to working together to advance shared decision making for lung cancer screening and smoking cessation.