Date of Award
Doctor of Health Administration
College of Health Professions
Jillian B. Harvey
Colorectal cancer (CRC) is one of the top three leading causes of death in both men and women, as well as the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in both men and women in the United States. Screening, on the other hand, can aid in the detection and prevention of CRC. Early reports suggested that colorectal screening compliance could significantly reduce the risk of mortality associated with CRC in people aged 50 to 75 years. Colonoscopy cancellations have been identified as a significant contributor to non-compliance with CRC screening in subsequent studies. However, research indicates that patient navigators are used in the most effective CRC screening compliance programs, particularly in underserved communities. Some of these limitations stem from the studies’ use of a single center or site model, which raises concerns about its generalizability to other settings. This consultative report examines the literature to address several factors that contribute to low colorectal cancer screening rates, such as patient cancellations, and recommends interventions to achieve and sustain the national goal of achieving and maintaining an 80 percent colorectal screening rate in the population. Following that, we look at the patient demographics associated with colonoscopy screening. In addition, identify the significant factors linked to colonoscopy screening cancellations. Finally, we discuss various interventions for increasing CRC screening.
Seaton, Tanya, "Advancing Colorectal Cancer Screening Adherence in a Community Hospital: Consultative Report" (2021). MUSC Theses and Dissertations. 562.
All rights reserved. Copyright is held by the author.