Improving Colorectal Cencer Screenings in Low-Income Primary Care Settings Using Shared Decision Making
The purpose of this research is to demonstrate the impact of shared decision making on colorectal cancer screening in Maine. This project seeks to: systematically identify unscreened patients at three primary care practices, provide patients a high-quality decision aid along with primary care physician recommendation to be screened by either colonoscopy or FIT (stool testing), and a follow up with a personal phone call from the primary care team to provide decision support and schedule desired screening. As a result of this intervention we anticipate improved colorectal cancer screening rates among a large group of patients in Maine. This process can then be spread throughout Maine after documenting the relative benefit of the intervention.