Colorectal Cancer (CRC) Screening, Increasing Primary Care Practice Rates
This project was conducted from August 2010 – June 2013 and funded by the Centers for Disease Prevention and Control (CDC). Collaborating with Battelle Memorial Institute, the AAFP NRN developed 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 implemented 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. Please check back at a later time for research results and key findings.
The objectives of the study:
- Identify potential existing and evaluated system-level interventions that increase CRC screening rates;
- Revise and/or develop and implement an intervention in primary care practices that will be sustainable once the study has concluded; and
- Evaluate the implementation, effectiveness, and sustainability of the intervention.
Kim Kimminau, PhD