Last updated on December 2018

Participatory Research to Advance Colon Cancer Prevention


Brief description of study

The overall goal of this study is to test strategies to raise rates of colorectal cancer screening among the Latino population in a federally qualified health center that operates multiple clinics. This intervention study will test automated and live prompts to a direct-mail fecal testing program in two phases.

In Phase I (Years 01 - 02), the investigators will tailor and define intervention components using a community-based participatory research approach called boot camp translation (BCT). The ultimate design of the intervention will be defined by patient and provider feedback from BCT. The investigators will then conduct a three-arm patient-randomized comparative effectiveness trial in two pilot clinics to compare 1) automated prompts (i.e., automated phone calls, text messages) to alert and remind patients to complete screening, 2) live prompts (i.e., live phone calls), and 3) a combination approach of automated plus live prompts.

In Phase II (Years 03 - 05), the investigators will spread and test the spread of the adapted intervention to additional clinics within the partnering health center using a two-arm main trial.

Both phases will be guided by an advisory group of clinicians, researchers, policy makers, and patients.

Detailed Study Description

The study will fulfill the following aims:

Aim 1: Develop personalized messages (e.g., phone scripts, text messages, patient portal prompts) and define an intervention using boot camp translation to increase colon cancer screening among Latino populations.

Aim 2: Assess the reach, effectiveness, and differences by subgroup (e.g., preferred language) of a three-arm colorectal cancer screening program among Latino FQHC patients, in 2 clinics, through a patient randomized-controlled trial.

In addition to Usual Care, the arms are:

  • Automated Promptsan automated data-driven program for delivering FIT kit prompts (using automated phone calls, text messages, and/or emails) to patients due for colorectal cancer screening.
  • Automated Plus Live Promptsa higher-intensity program using automated, data-driven strategies for delivering FIT kit prompts plus linguistically and culturally tailored live prompts.

Aim 3: Test the spread of the program across additional clinics using a two-arm randomized approach and develop an implementation guide that includes outreach materials, strategies for incorporating patient input, and resources.

Clinical Study Identifier: NCT03167125

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AltaMed Garden Grove

Garden Grove, CA United States
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AltaMed Pico

Pico Rivera, CA United States
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Recruitment Status: Open


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