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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