American Cancer Society’sFluFIT Program is an innovative way to increase colorectal cancer screenings in primary care settings. When patients come in for their annual flu shot, clinic staff provide a Fecal Immunochemical Test (FIT) kit to those who are also due for colorectal cancer screening. FITs look for hidden blood in the stool, an indicator of colorectal cancer.

A study conducted at San Francisco General Hospital showed a dramatic increase in colorectal cancer screenings after implementing a FluFIT Campaign. At the conclusion of flu season, participants in the intervention group who received both a flu vaccine and FIT kit showed an increase in colorectal cancer screening rates from 54.5% at baseline to 84.3% at the conclusion of the study (Phengrasamy et al., 2009)

Steps to implementation:

  • Select a FluFIT Champion.
  • Establish buy-in from providers, staff and patients.
  • Create a clinic work-flow process and data capture plan.
  • Plan a kick-off date for fall to align with flu campaigns.
  • Order FIT kits in advance.
  • Train staff on FIT instructions and FluFIT process.
  • Strongly consider reminder outreach to patients.
  • Assist all FIT-positive patients with colonoscopy completion.
  • Assess data after completion of campaign.

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