Colorectal Cancer (CRC) Screening, Increasing Primary Care Practice Rates

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Study Description and Methods

Collaborating with Battelle Memorial Institute, the AAFP NRN will develop an intervention that can use the practice’s existing EHR, registries, tracking systems, and decision support software to identify patients between ages of 50 and 75 with an average risk of colorectal cancer, assess the practice patients' CRC screening status, invite eligible patients to be screened by one of screening methods, and follow up with positively-screened patients to obtain a colonoscopy.

Study sites will implement the intervention and, with their help, we will evaluate the intervention’s ease of use, usefulness, effectiveness, and sustainability. The results of the study will provide critical information on how to increase CRC screening rates in primary care settings.

Specific Aims and Objectives

This study will evaluate the effect of a system-level intervention on CRC screening rates. The objectives of the study are to:

  1. Identify potential existing and evaluated system-level interventions that increase CRC screening rates;
  2. Revise and/or develop and implement an intervention in primary care practices that will be sustainable once the study has concluded; and
  3. Evaluate the implementation, effectiveness, and sustainability of the intervention.


This project began in August 2010 and extended through June 2013.


This project is closed and will soon begin analysis.

Key Findings and Publications

Please check back at a later time for research results and key findings.

Contact Information

For additional information about this study, please contact:

Kim Kimminau, PhD

Research Director
AAFP National Research Network
1-800-274-2237, x3184

This project was funded the the Centers for Disease Prevention and Control (CDC).