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Advanced Practice

Colorectal Cancer Screening: An Educational Intervention for Nurse Practitioners to Increase Screening Awareness and Participation

Tai C. Slyne
Ramraj Gautam
Valerie King
CJON 2017, 21(5), 543-546 DOI: 10.1188/17.CJON.543-546

Colorectal cancer screening aims to detect colorectal cancer at an early stage, when treatment is more likely to be curative. Lack of participation in such screening is a major issue in primary care practices, where nurse practitioners (NPs) often provide care. This study aimed to determine whether an educational intervention for NPs would increase their awareness of, and increase patients’ participation in, colorectal cancer screening.


  • Colorectal cancer screening guidelines recommend four methods of screening to meet the needs of adults aged older than 50 years.
  • An educational intervention focused on increasing nurse practitioner knowledge of colorectal cancer screening guidelines is feasible.
  • Primary care providers play an important role in educating patients regarding colorectal cancer screening.

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