Efficiency of Diagnostic Strategy for Fast Track Lung Cancer Diagnosis
Annually, 4,200 new cases of lung cancer are diagnosed in Denmark. The stage of the disease is an important prognostic factor as an advanced stage reduces the opportunity for surgical intervention and other curative treatment. In denmark, as in many other countries, a fast track evaluation for lung cancer has been introduced in 2008.
When the general practitioners refer patients through the fast track, the majority of patients make their first visit to the Department of Pulmonary Medicine. After this visit, further investigation is initiated, which is often a CT scan of the chest and the upper abdomen. We dont know Whether this is the most appropriate organisation.
The aim of this project is to evaluate the way lung cancer patients are examined through the fast track and the impact of chest CT before an evaluation by a chest physician.
Investigators want to randomise all patients referred for the existing fast track to either direct CT scan of chest and upper abdomen or to evaluation by the chest physician, in order to test:
A) Fast track performance measured by number of CT scans and chest physician specialist time per diagnosis, and whether there is a difference between the intervention and the control group.
|Lung Cancer||Radiation: CT scan before chest physician Radiation: Usual diagnostic workup|
|Study Design:||Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Health Services Research
|Official Title:||Efficiency of Diagnostic Strategy for Fast Track Lung Cancer Diagnosis. A Randomised Controlled Trial.|
- Chest physician time [ Time Frame: 2013 ]Time (in minutes) spent by a chest physician pr patient
- Satisfaction with new organisation [ Time Frame: 2013 ]Measured with a qualitative focus interview with staff a the Department of lung medicine (doctors, nurses and secretary).
|Study Start Date:||January 2012|
|Study Completion Date:||January 2014|
|Primary Completion Date:||August 2013 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)|
Experimental: CT scan before chest physician
CT scan before chest physician
Radiation: CT scan before chest physician
Patients referred to department of lung medicine are randomised according to the month of birth. Patients born in even months are CT scan before a consultation with a chest physician
Active Comparator: Usual diagnostic workup
Usual diagnostic workup
Radiation: Usual diagnostic workup
Patients born in odd months seen in the department of lung medicine by a chest physician and maybe then CT scanned (usual workup practice according to the fast track evaluation)
Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT01779726
|Aarhus, Denmark, 8000|
|Department of lung medicine, Aarhus University Hospital|
|Aarhus, Denmark, 8000|
|Principal Investigator:||Peter Vedsted, M.D., Prof.||The research unit for general practice|