Primary Care Collaboration to Improve Diagnosis and Screening for Colorectal Cancer

  • April 19, 2017

Supported by CRICO funding, 25 primary care practices, from July 2014–June 2016, worked to improve colorectal cancer (CRC) screening and diagnosis.

Called the Academic Innovations Collaborative (AIC) Comprehensive, Accessible, Reliable, Exceptional and Safe (CARES) Initiative, the collaboration was built on the foundation of team-based care to improve patient safety in participating practice sites and systems by reducing missed and delayed diagnosis of cancer and reducing preventable harm for patients with complex care needs.

Study Conclusion: The collaborative effectively engaged teams in a broad set of process improvements with key lessons learned related to barriers, information technology challenges, outreach challenges/strategies, and importance of stakeholder and patient engagement.


Citation for the Full-text Article

Schiff GD, Bearden T, Hunt LS, Azzara J, Larmon J, Phillips RS, Singer S, Bennett B, Sugarman JR, Bitton A, Ellner A. Primary care collaboration to improve diagnosis and screening for colorectal cancer. The Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety. 2017. In Press, Corrected Proof.