Which test is best?
Which test is best? A randomised controlled trial to evaluate family history as a triage tool in screening for colorectal cancer
Funded by Cancer Australia Priority-driven Collaborative Cancer Research Scheme, $556,250
Lyndal Trevena1, Bettina Meiser2, Kristine Barlow-Stewart3, Judy Kirk4, Timothy Dobbins1, Annabel Goodwin5 (AI Danielle Mazza6).
- School of Public Health, The University of Sydney
- Prince of Wales Clinical School, The University of New South Wales
- Genetic Medicine, Northern Clinical School, The University of Sydney
- Westmead Millennium Institute for Medical Research, The University of Sydney
- Concord Clinical School, The University of Sydney
- Department of General Practice, Monash University
There has been little effort to systematically screen individuals for colorectal cancer (CRC) according to their familial risk, resulting in a trend toward risk-inappropriate screening. The study aims to evaluate the utility of an online CRC family history risk tool in assisting GP triage to improve the uptake of risk-appropriate referral for CRC screening. Phase one of this study piloted this risk tool, which was modified to improve usability for participants. The tool is now being implemented in a large clustered randomised controlled trial with participants from general practices divided into the intervention (the online CRC familial risk tool plus 12 month follow-up) and control group (12 month follow-up, followed by the online CRC familial risk tool).