Interventions to increase uptake of faecal tests for colorectal cancer screening: a systematic review

This systematic review has focused on interventions designed to increase the uptake of feacal tests for colorectal cancer (CRC) screening, as well as interventions that target GPs involvement and interventions that target non-responders or disadvantaged groups. The search strategy identified 24 randomised controlled trials. Evidence suggested that advance notification letters, postal mailing and telephone contacts all increased uptake of tests. Three interventions were found to have positive outcomes on test uptake through GP involvement. These interventions were, a GP-signed invitation letter, GP communication training or mailing reminders to GPs. Overall, there was limited evidence on the effect of GP involvement on screening test uptake. Additionally, there was also a lack of studies that targeted non-responders or disadvantaged populations.   Read the full article here.
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