Journal article

Directly Mailing gFOBT Kits to Previous Responders Being Recalled for Colorectal Cancer Screening Increases Participation.

Jill Tinmouth, Jigisha Patel, Peter C Austin, Nancy N Baxter, Melissa C Brouwers, Craig C Earle, Cheryl Levitt, Yan Lu, Marnie MacKinnon, Lawrence Paszat, Linda Rabeneck

Journal of the Canadian Association of Gastroenterology | Published : 2020

Abstract

Background: Colorectal cancer (CRC) screening with guaiac fecal occult blood test (gFOBT) reduces CRC-related death. Average risk individuals should be recalled for screening with gFOBT every 2 years in order to maximize effectiveness. However, adherence with repeated testing is often suboptimal. Our aim was to evaluate whether adding a gFOBT kit to a mailed recall letter improves participation compared with a mailed recall letter alone, among previous responders to a mailed invitation. Methods: We conducted a cluster randomized controlled trial, with the primary care provider as the unit of randomization. Eligible patients had completed a gFOBT and tested negative in an earlier pilot study ..

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