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Facilitators to Keeping Colonoscopy Appointments

This study has been completed.
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University of Pennsylvania Identifier:
First received: February 1, 2007
Last updated: February 2, 2007
Last verified: February 2007
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 Intervention Phase
Healthy Behavioral: Peer coach phone call Early Phase 1

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: 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

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Further study details as provided by University of Pennsylvania:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Attending the colonoscopy

Estimated Enrollment: 140
Study Start Date: February 2005
Estimated Study Completion Date: October 2006
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.

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: 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
  More Information Identifier: NCT00431327     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 705823
Study First Received: February 1, 2007
Last Updated: February 2, 2007

Keywords provided by University of Pennsylvania:
patient navigator
peer support
None: have to be scheduled for screening or diagnostic colonoscopy processed this record on September 21, 2017