Cancer Screening Change Packages
Taking Action. Saving Lives.
The Cancer Screening Change Packages are intended to support the delivery of cancer screening services that have received A or B recommendations from the United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF). These packages—
- Are intended for health care professionals in various clinical settings, including single and group practices, health maintenance organizations, Federally Qualified Health Centers, imaging and cancer center facilities, and public health departments, and the practitioners who partner with them.
- Present a list of evidence-based and practice-based changes that clinicians can select from to improve cancer screening.
- Provide clinical teams with practical tools and resources that can be used or adapted to improve the reach and effectiveness of their cancer screening efforts.
- Take into consideration that the decision to start the screening process may begin before a person engages with the health care system (see Appendix A in the Overview PDF). Therefore, these change packages provide tools and resources to address information gaps and barriers to recommended cancer screening.
For more information, please see Frequently Asked Questions.
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Organizing framework of the Cancer Screening Change Packages
- Change concepts are “general notions that are useful for developing more specific strategies for changing a process.”
- Change ideas are “actionable, specific ideas or strategies”1 for changing a process. These change packages include evidence-based and practice-based change ideas.
- Each change idea is linked to tools and resources that can be used or adapted to improve cancer screening.
The following six focus areas organize the change concepts, change ideas, and tools and resources in these Cancer Screening Change Packages—
See the Cancer Screening Change Packages: Overview [PDF-792KB] for definitions of the focus areas and the list of change concepts and change ideas for each area.
How to use the Cancer Screening Change Packages
The Cancer Screening Change Packages offer a menu of strategies and associated tools and resources to support cancer screening services. Health care professionals—and the public health departments, community-based organizations, and others who partner or collaborate with them—can choose tools and resources from this menu to address processes that need improvement. Some may approach these change packages with a specific goal in mind. Others may need to identify the areas for improvement. The steps below explain how to use the Cancer Screening Change Packages.
To get started—
- Engage team members and potential partners. These may include physicians, pharmacists, nurses, medical assistants, social workers, community health workers, patient navigators, quality improvement coordinators, health informaticians, administrators, health department staff, and members of community-based organizations.
- Establish leadership support and commitment to improving cancer screening.
- Identify one or more champions to engage leadership and lead efforts.
Working with the change package
- Become familiar with the organizing framework: focus areas, change concepts, and change ideas.
- Review the flow charts in Appendix A of the Cancer Screening Change Packages: Overview [PDF-792KB] to understand the cancer screening process that patients follow and the opportunities to improve screening.
- Determine if a needs assessment would help identify focus areas, change concepts, and change ideas that would be most effective and feasible.
- Select a focus area based on circumstances and needs.
- Identify appropriate evidence-based and practice-based change concepts and change ideas.
- Select tools and resources for implementation and adapt as necessary.
- Implement, monitor, and evaluate the selected changes and associated tools and resources.
Frequently Asked Questions
A cancer screening change package is a collection of strategies, tools, and resources. It can help you plan and implement activities to improve awareness of, access to, and use of cancer screening services.
CDC’s Cancer Screening Change Packages can be used by clinical and public health quality improvement teams and community organizations interested in improving their cancer screening processes to save more lives.
Change packages for breast, cervical, and colorectal cancers.
CDC supports screening for breast, cervical, colorectal (colon), and lung cancers as recommended by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF). The USPSTF is an independent group of prevention experts whose evidence-based evaluations of clinical interventions help health care providers make informed recommendations about the services they offer to improve the health of patients.
The USPSTF assigns a letter grade to each intervention based on the strength of the evidence and the benefits to patients. CDC’s change packages include cancer screenings that the USPSTF has rated as “A” or “B” or has determined to have significant to moderate benefit to patients.
Change packages also include recommendations from The Guide to Community Preventive Services (The Community Guide). The Community Guide complements the work of the USPSTF by identifying effective, evidence-based preventive services, programs, and other interventions designed to improve health in communities across the country.
CDC’s change packages include evidence based-interventions from the USPSTF and The Community Guide, as well as information about quality improvement and practice-based approaches. They are organized by focus areas, change concepts, and change ideas to support planning and translation efforts. Change packages also include practical tools and resources that can be adopted or adapted to support implementation of specific change ideas or strategies.
CDC’s Cancer Screening Change Packages reflect critical steps in the cancer screening process. They can help you think strategically about your approach and identify opportunities for improvement throughout the cancer screening process. Information is organized into six focus areas that range from social determinants of health to follow-up and referrals. Each focus area includes actionable strategies and resources to implement those strategies.
CDC’s Cancer Screening Change Packages make it easier to improve cancer screening quality by bringing together evidence-based and practice-based approaches, as well as tools and resources that have been vetted by subject matter experts. Improvement strategies for each cancer type are organized into six focus areas to help teams find the information they need and guide improvement efforts in their areas of interest.
CDC staff review the Cancer Screening Change Packages regularly to ensure that the resources provided are accessible and reflect current recommendations from the USPSTF and The Community Guide.
The Cancer Screening Change Packages may be updated periodically as screening processes evolve and tools and resources are developed and disseminated. Although the project team used a systematic search, some tools and resources may have been missed. Please send comments, questions, and suggestions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
CDC has identified resources that may be beneficial to support the delivery of cancer screening. However, CDC does not endorse any specific resource nor is the list of resources provided an exhaustive list of all resources that may be available.