Facilitators to Keeping Colonoscopy Appointments
To identify patients at risk for nonattendance to their first scheduled colonoscopy and to conduct a randomized trial of a theory-based, peer coach intervention on completing the scheduled colonoscopy.
|Study Design:||Allocation: Randomized
Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Prevention
|Official Title:||Peer Coach Intervention to Improve Attendance to Scheduled Colonoscopy|
- Attending the colonoscopy
|Study Start Date:||February 2005|
|Estimated Study Completion Date:||October 2006|
The potential to reduce the morbidity and mortality from colorectal cancer, the second most common cause of cancer death in the U.S. has been compromised because only about half of eligible patients have been appropriately screened. Patients contribute to inadequate colorectal cancer screening by failing to complete ordered tests. Several studies have reported low rates of attendance to scheduled sigmoidoscopy and colonoscopy studies. Because physicians offer limited counseling when ordering these tests, approaches are needed to address patient concerns and to promote adherence to scheduled colon studies. Therefore, we conducted a trial of a theory-based telephone intervention by patient ‘peer coach’ who was trained to address barriers to colonoscopy attendance versus a mailed professional brochure. The support was targeted to those at greatest risk of non-attendance.
|United States, Pennsylvania|
|University of Pennsylvania|
|Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States, 19104|
|Principal Investigator:||Barbara J Turner, MD||University of Pennsylvania|