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Caring for Those Who Share: Improving the Health of Wisconsin Blood Donors

This study has been completed.
Healthier Wisconsin Partnership Program
Blood Center of Wisconsin
National Anemia Action Council
Information provided by:
Medical College of Wisconsin Identifier:
First received: October 13, 2008
Last updated: August 10, 2010
Last verified: August 2010
Blood donors are a precious community resource. Each month at Blood Center of Wisconsin (BCW), 200 men and 600 women over age 50 are turned away ("deferred") because of anemia. In those over 50, anemia may signal serious underlying disease such as colorectal cancer (CRC). CRC is the #3 cause of cancer death in Wisconsin with more than 1,000 deaths in 2006. Yet with proper testing CRC outcomes can be improved by early diagnosis. This project will focus on a population of deferred older blood donors to develop and test educational materials that will motivate donors to seek medical attention for their anemia, so that the underlying cause is diagnosed and treated. This project has the potential to lead to better CRC outcomes in Wisconsin blood donors.

Condition Intervention
Colorectal Cancer
Behavioral: Educational brochure
Behavioral: Standard pamphlet

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Official Title: Caring for Those Who Share: Improving the Health of Wisconsin Blood Donors

Resource links provided by NLM:

Further study details as provided by Medical College of Wisconsin:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • self-reported seeking of medical care for diagnosis of anemia found at time of blood donation [ Time Frame: 3 months ]

Estimated Enrollment: 400
Study Start Date: November 2008
Study Completion Date: June 2009
Primary Completion Date: June 2009 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: 1 Behavioral: Educational brochure
This brochure will educate anemic blood donors regarding the possible causes of their anemia, and based on age will make recommendations for who should seek consultation with a physician.
Active Comparator: 2
standard approach currently being used
Behavioral: Standard pamphlet
The BloodCenter of Wisconsin's default action when a potential donor has been found to be anemic is to provide a standard pamphlet with very basic nutritional information.


Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • adult blood donors who have been "deferred" (not allowed to donate) due to low blood count, specifically all male donors found to have hematocrit < 38% and to all female donors over 50 years old found to have hematocrit < 36%

Exclusion Criteria:

  • deferred donors who have previously donated more than 3 times in the past year, as their anemia is more likely due to frequent donation
  • women less than 50 years old
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00772083

United States, Wisconsin
BloodCenter of Wisconsin
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States, 53201
Sponsors and Collaborators
Medical College of Wisconsin
Healthier Wisconsin Partnership Program
Blood Center of Wisconsin
National Anemia Action Council
Principal Investigator: Kenneth G Schellhase, MD MPH Medical College of Wisconsin
Principal Investigator: Alan Mast, MD PHD Blood Center of Wisconsin
  More Information

Responsible Party: Kenneth G. Schellhase, Medical College of Wisconsin Identifier: NCT00772083     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: PRO00008944
Study First Received: October 13, 2008
Last Updated: August 10, 2010

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Colorectal Neoplasms
Intestinal Neoplasms
Gastrointestinal Neoplasms
Digestive System Neoplasms
Neoplasms by Site
Digestive System Diseases
Gastrointestinal Diseases
Colonic Diseases
Intestinal Diseases
Rectal Diseases processed this record on April 27, 2017