Improving uptake of bowel cancer screening

PROJECT STATUS: COMPLETED
Summary

The English NHS Bowel Cancer Screening Programme (BCSP) offers biennial guaiac faecal occult blood testing (gFOBt). However, there is a socioeconomic gradient in participation and socioeconomically disadvantaged groups have worse colorectal cancer survival than more advantaged groups.

We co-designed two simple, zero cost interventions aimed at reducing this gradient and improving uptake overall: a GP endorsement to the screening invitation, and an enhanced reminder letter.

Project details: Improving uptake of bowel cancer screening

IMPACTS

Both GP endorsement and enhanced reminders have been implemented across England.  GP endorsed text messages have been used in cervical cancer screening programmes.

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