Targeting patient groups to improve bowel screening


Sending a template letter to 49 year old patients to encourage bowel screening at age 50

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General practices can send a letter to their 49-year-old patients to encourage them to complete the National Bowel Cancer Screening Program (NBCSP) test when they receive it in the mail around their 50th birthday. There is strong evidence that a letter signed by a person’s GP endorsing the faecal occult blood test (FOBT) is an effective method to increase participation in bowel cancer screening. The NBCSP has developed a template letter that GPs can use to recommend screening to patients outside regular consultations.

Alice Creelman, Cancer and Palliative Care Branch, Population Health and Sport Division, Department of Health


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