|August 19, 2020
|Expanding Mailed Stool Test-Based Colorectal Cancer Screening in Vulnerable Populations in Central Texas
|Expansion of Cancer Prevention Services to Rural and Medically Underserved Populations
|The University of Texas at Austin
|Principal Investigator/Program Director
Need: Colorectal cancer (CRC) screening in adults ages 50-75 can reduce CRC incidence and mortality, but implementation and uptake of screening has been sub-optimal, particularly for vulnerable patients, including those who receive care in Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs).
We and others have shown that mailing of fecal immunochemical tests (mailed FIT) can increase screening rates over reliance only on traditional, practice-based approaches, and is especially effective when coupled with patient navigation to help vulnerable patients overcome barriers to completion of follow-up colonoscopies. Over the past 2 years, we have successfully reached out to over 25,000 vulnerable patients...