Environmental Support | Colorectal Cancer Interventions

Environmental support for colorectal cancer screening

Environmental support provides a worksite physically designed to encourage good health.

Reducing structural barriers increases rates of colorectal cancer screening by Fecal Occult Blood Test (FOBT)

  • The Task Force on Community Preventive Services has found that reducing structural barriers to care increases rates of colorectal cancer screening by FOBT. Structural barriers include problems such as clinic location, distance to clinic, hours of operation, appointment scheduling, language barriers, or work schedule
  • Interventions to reduce structural barriers are based on the idea that making access to screening easier will increase use of screening. Examples include interventions that:
    • Reduce time or distance to delivery setting
    • Modify hours of service to meet client needs
    • Offer services in alternative, nonclinical settings
    • Eliminate or simplify administrative procedures (e.g., scheduling help, transportation, translation)
    • Provide secondary support, such as education