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Promoting Colorectal Cancer Screening Among Members of Internet Health Communities

2009-2012
National Institutes of Health: 5KL2RR024149-05
PI: Kevin Hwang
Co-Investigators: Amber Trickey, Amanda Graham, Eric Thomas, Richard Street, Sally Vernon

Project Description

The purpose of this project is to develop and pilot test an online intervention to encourage at-risk members of two large Internet health communities to pursue colorectal cancer (CRC) screening in their local healthcare settings. Notable features include the potential enhance the adoption of CRC screening, efficiency and scalability of the intervention, and exploration of Internet health communities as a new frontier for community-based clinical research. The specific aims are to (1) conduct formative studies among the intended study population to understand their behaviors, attitudes, and barriers relevant to CRC screening, (2) develop the online CRC screening intervention with variations in intensity, and (3) conduct a pilot randomized trial in preparation for a definitive randomized trial.

Progress and Outcomes

The project is complete.

Relevant Publications

  1. Hwang KO, Trickey AW, Graham AL, Thomas EJ, Street RL, Vernon SW. Feasibility and acceptability of promoting colorectal cancer screening in an online community through narratives. Society of Behavioral Medicine 32nd Annual Meeting, April 29, 2011; Washington, DC.
  2. Hwang KO, Ottenbacher AJ, Graham AL, Thomas EJ, Street RL Jr, Vernon SW. Online narratives and peer support for colorectal cancer screening: a pilot randomized trial. Am J Prev Med. 2013 Jul;45(1):98-107. doi: 10.1016/j.amepre.2013.02.024.

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