Understanding the Psychosocial Factors of Communication that Underlie Colorectal Cancer-Screening Adherence.

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2009-08-01

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Dunn, Michael

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This pilot study was the first to utilize the Interpersonal Processes of Care (IPC) instrument to investigate physician/patient communication and the extent to which it impacts a patient’s adherence to the recommendation to obtain a colorectal cancer screening test. A total of 45 individuals participated in this cross-sectional study. Potential participants (50 years of age or older in 2007) were recruited from the billing records of the University of North Texas Health Science Center/Department of Family Medicine. All potential participants had been seen by their primary care physician for a preventative visit in 2007. While no IPC factor was found to be significantly associated with adherence, one IPC factor, hurried communication, trended towards significance (pvalue 0.055) when combined in a predictive model that also measured a subject’s level of social support and number of persons that lived with them.

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