Telehealth personalized cancer risk communication to motivate colonoscopy in relatives of patients with colorectal cancer: the family CARE Randomized controlled trial.

Abstract

PURPOSE The rate of adherence to regular colonoscopy screening in individuals at increased familial risk of colorectal cancer (CRC) is suboptimal, especially among rural and other geographically underserved populations. Remote interventions may overcome geographic and system-level barriers. We compared the efficacy of a telehealth-based personalized risk assessment and communication intervention with a mailed educational brochure for improving colonoscopy screening among at-risk relatives of patients with CRC. METHODS Eligible individuals age 30 to 74 years who were not up-to-date with risk-appropriate screening and were not candidates for genetic testing were recruited after contacting patients with CRC or their next of kin in five states. Enrollees were randomly assigned as family units to either an active, personalized intervention that incorporated evidence-based risk communication and behavior change techniques, or a mailed educational brochure. The primary outcome was medically verified colonoscopy within 9 months of the intervention. RESULTS Of the 481 eligible and randomly assigned at-risk relatives, 79.8% completed the outcome assessments within 9 months; 35.4% of those in the personalized intervention group and 15.7% of those in the comparison group obtained a colonoscopy. In an intent-to-treat analysis, the telehealth group was almost three times as likely to get screened as the low-intensity comparison group (odds ratio, 2.83; 95% CI, 1.87 to 4.28; P < .001). Persons residing in rural areas and those with lower incomes benefitted at the same level as did urban residents. CONCLUSION Remote personalized interventions that consider family history and incorporate evidence-based risk communication and behavior change strategies may promote risk-appropriate screening in close relatives of patients with CRC.

DOI: 10.1200/JCO.2013.51.6765
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@article{Kinney2014TelehealthPC, title={Telehealth personalized cancer risk communication to motivate colonoscopy in relatives of patients with colorectal cancer: the family CARE Randomized controlled trial.}, author={Anita Y. Kinney and Watcharaporn Boonyasiriwat and Scott T Walters and Lisa Pappas and Antoinette M. Stroup and Marc D. Schwartz and Sandra L. Edwards and Amy Rogers and Wendy K. Kohlmann and Kenneth M. Boucher and Sally W. Vernon and Rebecca G Simmons and Jan T. Lowery and Kristina G. Flores and Charles L. Wiggins and Deirdre A Hill and Randall W . Burt and Marc S. Williams and John C. Higginbotham}, journal={Journal of clinical oncology : official journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology}, year={2014}, volume={32 7}, pages={654-62} }