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Navigation programs most effective in increasing follow-up colonoscopy

from Oncology Nurse Advisor

Follow-up colonoscopy rates are higher in patients with positive fecal immunochemical test results if they are enrolled in patient navigation programs, or if their providers are given performance data or reminders to take action, a study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine has shown. Although fecal immunochemical testing is a highly effective and frequently used preventive measure to detect colorectal cancer (CRC) worldwide, poor rates of timely follow-up with colonoscopy even after receiving positive test results dull the benefit of early detection and have implications on CRC prognosis. more

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