Automated Calls for Colorectal Cancer Screening Reminders Don’t Work – Physician’s First Watch

Automated Calls for Colorectal Cancer Screening Reminders Don’t Work – Physician’s First Watch [feedly]

An example, that the authors commented that application based on popular perceptions even before evidence emerges. Point to note.

 

Automated Calls for Colorectal Cancer Screening Reminders Don’t Work – Physician’s First Watch
Automated Calls for Colorectal Cancer Screening Reminders Don’t Work Automated telephone calls to patients do not improve screening rates for colorectal cancer, according to an Archives of Internal Medicine study. Roughly 20,000 people ages 50 to 64 were randomized either to usual care or to a single 3-minute automated telephone call using speech recognition that encouraged people to call their healthcare providers for screening. In the year after the call, the rate of any colorectal cancer screening — the primary outcome — did not differ between the two groups. These results, the authors suggest, show yet another instance in which “potentially ineffective policies and programs achieve widespread acceptance before evidence is available from controlled trials.”