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Lung Screening Economics: From Resource Utilization to Research Utilization - Dr. Sonya Cressman

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June 26, 2019 | 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM

NCI Shady Grove Rockville, MD

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Biostatistics Branch Seminar Series


Sonya Cressman, Ph.D., M.B.A.
Health Economist
British Columbia Cancer Agency


Lung cancer screening has the potential to save more lives than most other cancer control interventions; and several studies now suggest that it is among the most cost-effective. Participation rates in early adopting programs; however, are low and there is a recognized potential for disparity in access to the required health services in the population.  The purpose of this research, therefore, is to evaluate drivers of screening efficiency from a population health standpoint.  This seminar will review the fundamentals of cost-effectiveness modeling—with lung cancer screening as our case study—and apply the methods to current research questions in the post-NLST era.  We will share results from the Pan-Canadian early detection of lung cancer study for adherence to short-term (first-year) and long-term (year-four) annual screening rounds, as early indicators of program efficiency.  A four-year budget impact analysis based on our method of simulating cost-effectiveness with cohort models will be shared along with potential application to the life-years gained from CT screening calculator in Canadian and U.S. contexts.

**The mission of the Biostatistics Branch (BB) is to be an outstanding biostatistics unit that can contribute to the understanding of cancer etiology and to improve public health by the development and application of quantitative methods.  The BB Investigators develop statistical methods and data resources to strengthen observational studies, intervention trials, and laboratory investigations of cancer.**