Interventions to promote colorectal cancer screening: An integrative review

Susan M. Rawl, Usha Menon, Allison Burness, Erica S. Breslau

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Behavior change interventions to promote colorectal cancer (CRC) screening have targeted people in community and primary care settings, health care providers, and health systems. Randomized controlled trials provide the strongest evidence of intervention efficacy. The purpose of this integrative review was to evaluate trials of CRC screening interventions published between 1997 and 2007 and to identify knowledge gaps and future directions for research. Thirty-three randomized trials that met inclusion criteria were evaluated using a modified version of the TREND criteria. Significant intervention effects were reported in 6 of 10 trials focused on increasing fecal occult blood testing, 4 of 7 trials focused on sigmoidoscopy or colonoscopy completion, and 9 of 16 trials focused on completion of any screening test. Several effective interventions to promote CRC screening were identified. Future trials need to use theory to guide interventions, examine moderators and mediators, consistently report results, and use comparable outcome measures.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)172-181.e13
JournalNursing Outlook
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jul 2012


  • Colonoscopy
  • Colorectal cancer
  • Fecal occult blood test
  • Randomized trials
  • Screening
  • Sigmoidoscopy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing(all)

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