Investigating the Impact of the Colon Cancer Check Primary Care Invitation Pilot Inviting Ontarians to Participate In Colon Cancer Check Through Their Primary Care Providers
Project Leader: Jill Tinmouth, MD, PhD, FRCPC
• Adjunct Scientist, Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences;
• Assistant Professor, University of Toronto;
• Scientist, Clinical Epidemiology and Health Services Research Program, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre.
• Lead Scientist, ColonCancerCheck Program, Cancer Care Ontario
Evaluation of CCO’s cancer screening programs is a high priority due to the potential impact on a population level and the important role the primary care community plays in cancer screening activities. CCO’s colorectal cancer (CRC) screening program Colon Cancer Check was launched in 2007. The program relies on family physicians to provide patients with fecal occult blood test (FOBT) kits and to follow up on their results. This work will inform CRC screening health policy in Ontario substantively and will be highly applicable to CRC screening efforts in other provinces. Finally, findings from this work have the potential to enhance participation in not only colorectal cancer screening, but also in other population-based screening programs or interventions.