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PCD News Summary for February 23, 2017

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Feasibility Pilot of a Randomized Faith-Based Intervention to Reduce Secondhand Smoke Exposure Among Korean Americans

Melissa Newton

Faith-based, culturally tailored programs could help reduce secondhand smoke exposure among Korean Americans. San Diego State University researchers pilot-tested an intervention to address secondhand smoke among nonsmokers of Korean descent. In collaboration with 11 Korean churches in southern California, a pilot cluster randomized intervention trial was conducted with 75 nonsmoking Korean adults. The intervention comprised motivational phone interviewing, educational materials, logo items, and church-based group activities on secondhand smoke; the control group received the same type and frequency of intervention components, but on fruit and vegetable consumption. After the intervention, a larger percentage of the intervention group than the control group reported accurate knowledge and disapproval of secondhand smoke. The intervention group’s self-reported secondhand smoke exposure, which was measured by the number of cigarettes smoked in their presence, was reduced by 8.5 cigarettes per week; in contrast, a reduction of 1 cigarette per week occurred among the control group.

Cost-Effectiveness Analysis of Four Simulated Colorectal Cancer Screening Interventions, North Carolina

Melissa Newton

Using simulated screening interventions, researchers identified mailed reminders for Medicaid enrollees, mass-media campaigns targeting African Americans, and colonoscopy vouchers for the uninsured as the most cost-effective ways to target disparities in colorectal cancer screening. Researchers used computer modeling to project population-level outcomes of four evidence-based and stakeholder-informed intervention scenarios over a 10-year period (January 1, 2014, through December 31, 2024). In the model, they compared the proportion of people living in North Carolina ages 50 to 75 years at some point during the 10-year period who were up to date with colorectal cancer screening recommendations across intervention scenarios, both overall and among groups with documented disparities in receiving screenings. The model showed that mailed reminders for Medicaid enrollees, mass-media campaigns targeting African Americans, and colonoscopy vouchers for the uninsured would be expected to reduce screening disparities by 2023, but would be expected to produce only small increases in overall screening rates. Increased screenings ranged from 41,709 additional life-years up to date with screening for the voucher intervention to 145,821 for the mass-media intervention. Modeling showed that reminders mailed to Medicaid enrollees and the mass-media campaign for African Americans were projected to be the most cost-effective interventions, with costs per additional life-year up to date with screening of $25 or less.


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