Traditional Print Communication Methods, Simple Electronic Communication Methods, or Usual Care in Increasing How Often Older Women Undergo Colorectal Cancer Screening

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Basic Trial Information

PhaseTypeStatusAgeSponsorProtocol IDs
No phase specifiedEducational/Counseling/Training, Health services researchCompleted50 and overNCI, OtherFCCC-05016
CDR0000538413, IRB05-016, R01CA102695, 05-016, FCCC-IRB-05-016, NCT00459030

Trial Description


RATIONALE: Finding out which communication method affects a participant's decision to undergo colorectal cancer screening may help increase the number of participants who undergo screening. It is not yet known which communication method is more effective in increasing how often participants undergo colorectal cancer screening.

PURPOSE: This randomized clinical trial is studying traditional print communication methods to see how well they work compared with simple electronic communication methods or usual care in increasing how often older women undergo colorectal cancer screening.

Further Study Information


  • Compare traditional print versus simple electronic communication versus usual care, in terms of increasing colorectal cancer (CRC) screening rates, in average-risk women attending a routine OB/Gyn visit.
  • Explore the moderating role of attentional style and background variables on the impact of the interventions in these participants.
  • Determine the mediating effect of potential cognitive-affective factors related to CRC screening in these participants.
  • Investigate the comparative cost-effectiveness of these interventions to improve CRC screening adherence.

OUTLINE: This is a randomized study. Participants are randomized to 1 of 3 screening arms.

  • Arm I: Participants are contacted by simple electronic communication methods by an email message linked to a personalized website.
  • Arm II: Participants are contacted by traditional print communication methods.
  • Arm III: Participants are observed (usual care). Participants in arms I and II are randomized a second time to receive messages about colorectal cancer screening that are matched or mismatched to their attentional style.

PROJECTED ACCRUAL: A total of 5,000 participants will be accrued for this study.

Eligibility Criteria


  • At average risk for colorectal cancer (CRC) as defined by the following criteria:
  • Asymptomatic without a personal history of colorectal polyps or cancer
  • No inflammatory bowel disease
  • No family history of familial adenomatous polyposis or hereditary nonpolyposis CRC
  • No CRC in more than one first-degree relative
  • Nonadherent with standard CRC screening recommendations at the time of index OB/Gyn appointment


  • Email accessible at home and/or work
  • Able to communicate with ease in English


  • Not specified

Trial Contact Information

Trial Lead Organizations/Sponsors

Fox Chase Cancer Center - Philadelphia

  • National Cancer Institute
David Weinberg, Study Chair

Link to the current record.
NLM Identifier NCT00459030 processed this data on October 17, 2013

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