In my research, I investigate the impact of screening (lung cancer and cardiovascular disease) on lifestyle (especially smoking behavior). I conducted several sub-studies within the NELSON trial; the Dutch-Belgian randomized controlled lung cancer screening trial (n=15,822), to investigates whether lung cancer screening might be a teachable moment for smoking cessation or a “health certificate” that permits continuing/starting smoking.
Thereby, I support the development of MISCAN model for lung cancer screening at our department, due to my expertise on smoking behaviour.
I am also affiliated with a new large scale population-based screening trial for cardiovascular diseases (ROBINSCA) amongst 39.000 high-risk volunteers. One of the sub studies will be focused on the psychological mechanism of a teachable moment/health certificate effect.