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Colorectal Cancer Screening Demonstration Program Evaluation

In August 2013, CDC’s Division of Cancer Prevention and Control sponsored a special issue of Cancer titled “Comprehensive Evaluation of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Colorectal Cancer Screening Demonstration Program.”

From 2005 through 2009, CDC administered a Colorectal Cancer Screening Demonstration Program (CRCSDP) for low-income, underinsured, or uninsured men and women between the ages of 50 and 64 years in five sites in the United States. The program’s goal was to assess the feasibility of establishing a federally funded, comprehensive colorectal cancer screening program for an underserved population, and to describe key outcomes that could guide future organized colorectal cancer screening.

Evaluation of the Startup Period

In April 2008, CDC published four articles in one issue of Preventing Chronic Disease describing the startup period (the time between initial program funding and starting to screen patients, which ranged from 9 to 11 months) for each of the five sites—

Evaluation of the Full Program

The collection of 13 articles in this supplement to Cancer complement the earlier articles on program startup, and document the full experience and evaluation of the CRCSDP. Three articles describe clinical and quality outcomes; two describe programmatic and clinical costs; three are based on a multiple-case study that describes the overall implementation experience; and four are written by and about individual sites.