BETHESDA, MdNational Cancer Institute researchers have begun
the first national study aimed at identifying barriers to screening
for colorectal cancer. Investigators from the Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention and the Health Care Financing Administration
are collaborating in the effort.
Questionnaires are being sent to a representative sample that
includes 1,389 primary care physicians, 1,042 medical specialists,
and 323 health plan medical directors. Researchers are seeking data
on factors that may affect the use of screening and diagnostic
follow-up in community practices. The study aims to assess the
knowledge of physicians and their attitudes, practice patterns, and
health plan guidelines for providing or promoting colorectal cancer screening.