Facilitators to Keeping Colonoscopy Appointments

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Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : February 5, 2007
Last Update Posted : February 5, 2007
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University of Pennsylvania

Brief Summary:
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.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Healthy Behavioral: Peer coach phone call Early Phase 1

Detailed Description:
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.

Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Enrollment : 140 participants
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Prevention
Official Title: Peer Coach Intervention to Improve Attendance to Scheduled Colonoscopy
Study Start Date : February 2005
Study Completion Date : October 2006

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MedlinePlus related topics: Colonoscopy
U.S. FDA Resources

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Attending the colonoscopy

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Ages Eligible for Study:   50 Years and older   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Age 50
  • No prior colonoscopy in our health system records
  • Patient in one of four primary care clinics within the University of Pennsylvania Health System
  • Attended <75 of their primary care physicians visits within the past year

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Colonoscopy not ordered by a primary care physician in a study clinic
  • High readiness for the procedure
  • A health care professional
  • Had a prior colonoscopy outside of our health care system

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT00431327

United States, Pennsylvania
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States, 19104
Sponsors and Collaborators
University of Pennsylvania
Principal Investigator: Barbara J Turner, MD University of Pennsylvania Identifier: NCT00431327     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 705823
First Posted: February 5, 2007    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: February 5, 2007
Last Verified: February 2007

Keywords provided by University of Pennsylvania:
patient navigator
peer support
None: have to be scheduled for screening or diagnostic colonoscopy