Communication Preferences Related to Over Screening for Cancer Among Older Adults
The long term goal is to design an intervention to reduce over-screening for breast, cervical, or colorectal cancers among average risk older adults. The overall objective of this study is to explore the perspectives of older adults on incorporating and communicating risks, benefits and life expectancy into cancer screening decisions. Our hypothesis is that patients will be more willing to discuss cessation of regular cancer screening risks, benefits, and life expectancy are incorporated into an ongoing dialogue between provider and patient.
Primary Study Endpoints
We will examine patient knowledge, attitudes, perceptions and preferences regarding cessation of cancer screening, particularly when cessation is linked to screening risks and benefits and estimated life expectancy. The findings from this study will inform an as yet to be developed intervention designed to reduce over screening for breast, cervical and colorectal cancer among older adults.