Survey to assess preference for colon cancer screening test

Brief description of study

In the U.S., adherence to CRC screening varies from 30% to 80%. Patients who do not screen mention unpleasantness of fecal sampling, cost concerns, concerns that mailed tests could be mixed up, difficulty with bowel preparation and anticipation of pain during colonoscopy. In previous studies, patients expressed their preference for blood test options for CRC screening. Blood based tests are being developed for the screening and identification of colorectal cancer. This poses a new option as a less invasive screening option for patients which has the unique capacity to increase population based screening. In the context of improving noninvasive options for CRC screening, but simultaneously recognizing the poor uptake and adherence to current screening tests, it is imperative to understand patients’ preference for CRC screening testing in regards to convenience and comfort.

We aim to determine the test of preference for CRC screening when comparing colonoscopy, blood-based test, and feces-based test options among average risk individuals ages 45-75. Through the survey, we also aim to understand the effect of age, gender, ethnicity, race, education level, employment status, socioeconomic status, and prior experience with screening on preference decisions.

Clinical Study Identifier: s23-00101
Principal Investigator: Aasma Shaukat.

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