Personal Electronic Health Records in Improving Screening Rates for Colorectal Cancer

P

President and Fellows of Harvard College

Status

Unknown

Conditions

Colorectal Cancer

Treatments

Procedure: evaluation of cancer risk factors
Procedure: screening colonoscopy
Other: educational intervention
Other: internet-based intervention
Procedure: fecal occult blood test

Study type

Interventional

Funder types

Other
NIH

Identifiers

NCT01032746
CDR0000661288
HMS-11960

Details and patient eligibility

About

RATIONALE: Use of a web-based risk assessment tool may help improve screening rates for colorectal cancer. PURPOSE: This randomized clinical trial is studying personal electronic health records to see how well they work in improving screening rates for colorectal cancer.

Full description

OBJECTIVES: To assess whether screening rates for colorectal cancer (CRC) can be substantially increased among adults in primary care through the use of a personal electronic health record that provides a link to a validated web-based tool to estimate an individual's risk of CRC and electronic scheduling of CRC screening exams. OUTLINE: This is a multicenter study. Participants are stratified according to participating Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates (HVMA) center. Participants are randomized to 1 of 2 arms. Intervention arm: Participants receive an electronic message within their MyHealth account on behalf of their primary care physician providing a link to a web-based tool to allow them to assess their personal risk of colorectal cancer (CRC). The tool provides an estimate of an individual's personal risk of developing different types of cancer over the next 10 years relative to others of the same age and sex. The tool also recommends steps that individuals can take to reduce their risk. The tool includes questions about family history; prior screening tests; dietary habits (red meat, fruits, and vegetables); weight and height; and use of folate, aspirin, estrogen therapy, alcohol, and tobacco. In addition, the electronic message provides information regarding options for CRC screening, emphasizing colonoscopy every 10 years per the current HVMA guidelines, followed by the secondary recommendation of annual fecal occult blood testing. Detailed information is provided in the form of a link to online educational materials. Participants may request either colonoscopy or fecal occult blood testing by responding to the electronic message and indicating their preference. Participants who request colonoscopy are contacted by the gastroenterology department to proceed with CRC screening; participants who request fecal occult blood testing will receive a stool card test kit in the mail from their primary care physician. Control arm: Participants receive no intervention.

Enrollment

1,000 estimated patients

Sex

All

Ages

50 to 75 years old

Volunteers

Accepts Healthy Volunteers

Inclusion and exclusion criteria

DISEASE CHARACTERISTICS:

Overdue for colorectal cancer screening (identified using automated extracts from the electronic medical record), as defined by the following criteria:

  • No fecal occult blood test within the past 12 months
  • No flexible sigmoidoscopy within the past 5 years
  • No colonoscopy within the past 10 years
  • Receiving primary care at a Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates (HVMA) center
  • Registered to use the HVMA patient portal (MyHealth) AND has an active MyHealth account

PATIENT CHARACTERISTICS:

Not specified

PRIOR CONCURRENT THERAPY:

See Disease Characteristics

Trial contacts and locations

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