New Intervention Strategies Boost Colon Cancer Screening Rates By 45%

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Research shows that new innovations in colon cancer screening methods can improve screening rates dramatically.1

However, a major problem still exists even with the development of new colon cancer screening tests: patient compliance. Physicians and other health care professionals struggle with getting their patients to complete their screening.

Luckily, a new study poses a solution to this problem. The objective of the randomized clinical trial was to determine whether a multifaceted intervention strategy increased patient adherence in an annual at-home fecal occult blood test (FOBT).2

The control group in the study was given usual care, which includes computerized reminders and physician feedback on colon cancer screening rates.

In addition to usual care, the intervention group received a mailed reminder letter, an automated telephone call and text message reminding them they were due for screening, and subsequent reminders after 2 weeks and 3 months, respectively, if they had not yet completed their screening.

The results were staggering.

82.2% of patients in the intervention group completed their screening within 6 months of their due date, while only 37.3% of those who received usual care complied.

The trial demonstrated that these relatively low-cost intervention strategies could greatly increase patient adherence to annual colon cancer screening and further increase overall screening rates.

Read the full publication here.

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Topics: Colon Cancer News

1Paddock, Catherine, PhD. "Mailing Free Test Kits Improves Colon Cancer Screening Rates." Medical News Today. MediLexicon International, 27 Feb. 2014. Web.

2Comparative Effectiveness of a Multifaceted Intervention to Improve Adherence to Annual Colorectal Cancer Screening in Community Health Centers."JAMA Internal Medicine. JAMA Network, n.d. Web.