Primary Care-based interventions to improve participation in the NHS Bowel Cancer Screening Programme
Funding: NIHR Researcher Fellowship and the NHS Cancer Screening Programmes (2008-2011)
This recently completed trial aimed to investigate whether a general practitioner's (GP) letter encouraging participation and a more explicit leaflet explaining how to complete faecal occult blood test (FOBT) included with the England Bowel Cancer Screening Programme invitation materials would improve uptake. The results demonstrated that a GP endorsement letter and/or a detailed procedural leaflet can improve participation in the NHS BCSP by over 10%.
British Journal of Cancer (2011) 105, 475–480. doi:10.1038/bjc.2011.255
Contact: Paul Hewitson for further details