Barriers to Follow-up Colonoscopies for Patients With Positive Results From Fecal Immunochemical Tests During Colorectal Cancer Screening.


Department of Medicine, VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System, Los Angeles, California; The University of California Los Angeles Vatche and Tamar Manoukian Division of Digestive Diseases, Department of Medicine, University of California David Geffen School of Medicine, Los Angeles, California; Veterans Affairs Health Services Research and Development Center for the Study of Healthcare Innovation, Implementation and Policy, Los Angeles, California. Electronic address: [Email]


Colorectal cancer is common yet largely preventable. The fecal immunochemical test (FIT) is a highly recommended screening method, but patients with positive results must receive a follow-up colonoscopy to determine if they have precancerous or cancerous lesions. We characterized colonoscopic follow-up evaluations and reasons for lack of follow-up in a Veterans Affairs (VA) cohort.


Colon Cancer,Epidemiology,Prevention,Quality,