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For older adults, guidelines recommend clinicians and patients work together to make decisions about colorectal cancer screening (CRC). However, these conversations must consider several factors and can be challenging.

The PCORI-funded PRIMED Study — led by Karen Sepucha, MD, at Massachusetts General Hospital — compared two ways to help clinicians and older patients make colorectal cancer screening decisions. The objective of the study was to promote shared decision making for CRC testing decisions among older patients.

In results appearing in an August 2022 issue of the Journal of General Internal Medicine, the research team found that physician training plus electronic reminders when patients are eligible for a discussion about screening increased shared decision making and frequency of colorectal cancer testing discussions in an age group where shared decision making is essential.


Posted: September 14, 2022

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