Research Round-up – February 2019 Bonus episode – Jon Emery & Emily Habgood
Dr Kristi Milley and Sophie Chima talk to Professor Jon Emery, Herman Professor of Primary Care Cancer Research at the University of Melbourne and Director of PC4 and Emily Habgood about the recent publication ‘The Chest Australia Trial: a randomised controlled trial of an intervention to increase consultation rates in smokers at risk of lung cancer’. Lung cancer has one of the lowest survival outcomes of any cancer because of the high occurrence of late-stage diagnosis; with stigma often holding patients back from seeking consultations. Professor Emery was the lead researcher for the CHEST Australia trial, which aimed to reduce lung cancer death through increased early detection. The CHEST trial was adapted from the Scottish CHEST intervention to fit an Australian context. The trial tested the effect of a behavioural intervention in people at increased risk of lung cancer on help-seeking for respiratory symptoms.