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November/December 2013 Annals of Family Medicine tip sheet
Date:11/11/2013

roportion of respondents who reported ever having had any test in the intervention communities (from 76 percent to 81 percent) compared with no increase among control counties in southeast Colorado (77 percent at both points). They also found the extent of exposure to intervention materials was associated with a significant and cumulative increase in screening. Community members who reported seeing five or more products were significantly more likely to report having ever been tested or being up to date for colon cancer screening than those who had seen only one component (87 percent vs. 78 percent). The authors conclude that although they did not find any statistically significant differences, the findings are consistent with an intervention-related increase in screening and provide preliminary evidence for the effectiveness of a multicomponent community approach to improve colon cancer screening.

Testing to Prevent Colon Cancer: Results From a Rural Community Intervention
By John M. Westfall, MD, MPH, et al
University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine


Community Members Provide a Personal Perspective on Working Together to Improve the Health and Health Care of Their Community

A companion essay by the community-based advisory council who collaborated with the High Plains Research Network to develop and implement the colon cancer screening intervention describes the process through the voices of the community participants. They assert that their experience attests to the power of participatory research in the implementation of interventions to improve population health outcomes. A video that will post with the essay tells the story in their own words http://goo.gl/FMge0C.

Testing to Prevent Colon Cancer: How Rural Community Members Took on a Community-Based Intervention
By John M. Westfall, MD, MPH, et al
University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine
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