Four out of Five Providers Fail to Follow All CRC Screening Guidelines

Fewer than one in five primary care physicians follow practice guidelines for all recommended colorectal cancer screening modalities, according to a study reported in Clinical Advisor.

K. Robin Yabroff, PhD, MBA, and fellow researchers examined survey data from 1,266 physicians nationwide and found that only 19.1 percent made guideline-consistent recommendations across the menu of CRC screening tests. Forty percent made at least some guideline-consistent recommendations, but 41 percent made screening recommendations for which none were guideline-consistent.

The majority of the surveyed practitioners recommend initial screening and screening intervals for individual tests in average-risk 50-year-old patients, in accordance with practice guidelines. But only one-fifth made guideline-consistent recommendations for both screening initiation and screening intervals for all recommended tests.

Read the Clinical Advisor report on the CRC screening study.

Read more on CRC:

-Cowden Syndrome Patients Should Be Screened for Colorectal Cancer in Their 30s

-Menopausal Hormone Therapy Can Significantly Increase Women's Risk of CRC

-Kentucky Demonstrates Successful Increase of CRC Screenings

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