Your Recommendation: One fact that has remained consistent from community to community is the influence of a physician’s recommendation on the cancer screening decisions of their patients. This is an evidence-based finding that has been well-established. For more information as well as tools and resources, click here.
An Office Policy: A physician’s recommendation is the most consistently influential determinant of a patient’s decision to be screened for colorectal cancer. Clinicians should feel confident about this consequential and comforting reality, but it will require more than confidence to ensure that all eligible patients leave their visit with the vital recommendation for screening. Only a systematic approach will achieve this goal. Office policies are the foundation of a systematic approach. For more information as well as tools and resources, click here.
An Office Reminder System: Reminder systems work. Office practice will be more effective with the use of reminder systems, which are evidence-based and demonstrated to be effective. These systems can be directed at providers or patients or both. Provider-directed and patient-directed systems contribute to improved screening rates. Click here to learn more.
An Effective Communication System: Skillful communication can save time, and evidence shows that effective communication, including theory-based education helps increase cancer screening rates. Click here to learn more.