Research Enterprise Feature

IU cancer researcher awarded nearly $2.6 million to increase colorectal cancer screening

An Indiana University cancer researcher has been awarded nearly $2.6 million to compare interventions to increase colorectal cancer screening among underserved patients with limited resources.

Susan Rawl, PhD, professor of adult health at the IU School of Nursing and a researcher at the Indiana University Melvin and Bren Simon Cancer Center, received the award from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI).

Dr. Rawl and colleagues will compare two interventions -- a mailed tailored DVD alone to a mailed tailored DVD plus a telephone-based patient navigator -- to usual care to increase colorectal screening rates. The researchers will target 750 patients between the ages of 50 and 75 who were referred and scheduled to have a colonoscopy, but they either cancelled or did not attend the scheduled appointment. The DVD and the DVD plus the patient navigator are designed to educate people about the importance and benefits of screening as well as provide assistance to overcome each individual’s barriers.

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