Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in Wisconsin. It is also the most preventable, yet least prevented cancer. Screening is important for early detection, but disparities in screening rates exist between Wisconsin clinics. HIP Investigator, Dr. Jen Weiss and a team of investigators received a research award through the Wisconsin Partnership Program Collaborative Health Sciences Program to identify strategies from high-performing clinics to improve colorectal cancer screening rates at low-performing clinics in rural and urban communities in Wisconsin. The long-term goal of the research is to decrease statewide colorectal cancer incidence and mortality.
The Wisconsin Collaborative for Healthcare Quality (WCHQ), in collaboration with Health Innovation Program, developed the Wisconsin Health Disparities Report to identify where disparities in health outcomes and care exist in Wisconsin and to help inform and accelerate programs that are working to eliminate disparities.
These conflicts arise from analysis of various observational studies and clinical trials that compared the benefits and harms of different screening recommendations, and drew variable conclusions.
Dr. Sarina Schrager in the UW Department of Family Medicine and Community Health and Terry Little in the UW Department of Radiology recently published the Breast Cancer Screening Shared Decision Making Toolkit. The goal of the toolkit is to help primary care providers engage in discussions with average risk women regarding breast cancer screening. The toolkit includes resources and supporting materials that offer health care providers information on topics such breast cancer risk factors, assessment, shared deciison making principles, and benefits and harms of breast cancer screening. View the toolkit on HIPxChange here.
National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable article discusses UW Health's journey to 80% colorectal cancer screening rate
Dr. Jennifer Weiss is featured in a recent blog post by the National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable. In it, Dr. Weiss discusses how UW Health increased its colorectal cancer screening rates from 61% to 81% over the last six years. She also discusses her research to identify predictors of colorectal cancer screening variation and barriers to screening, as well as lessons learned in the improvement process.
Dr. Jennifer Weiss has been appointed UW Health liaison to the National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable (NCCRT). The NCCRT, which was established by the American Cancer Society and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, is a national coalition of organizations whose mission is to reduce the incidence and mortality from colorectal cancer in the US, and increase the use of proven colorectal cancer screening tests among the entire population for whom screening is appropriate.
Dr. Caprice Greenberg and Dr. Elizabeth Cox were each recently awarded contracts by the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI). The Greenberg and Cox awards were among 71 projects awarded from a total of 570 proposals.