Information technology and cancer prevention

Masahito Jimbo, Donald E. Nease, Mack T. Ruffin IV, Gurpreet K. Rana

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Abstract

Information technology is rapidly advancing and making its way into many primary care settings. The technology may provide the means to increase the delivery of cancer preventive services. The aim of this systematic review is to examine the literature on information technology impacts on the delivery of cancer preventive services in primary care offices. Thirty studies met our selection criteria. Technology interventions studied to date have been limited to some type of reminder to either patients or providers. Patient reminders have been mailed before appointments, mailed unrelated to an appointment, mailed after a missed appointment, or given at the time of an appointment. Telephone call interventions have not used technology to automate the calls. Provider interventions have been primarily computer-generated reminders at the time of an appointment. However, there has been limited use of computer-generated audits, feedback, or report cards. The effectiveness of information technology on increasing cancer screening was modest at best. The full potential of information technology to unload the provider-patient face-to-face encounter has not been examined. There is critical need to study these new technologic approaches to understand the impact and acceptance by providers and patients.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)26-36
Number of pages11
JournalCa-A Cancer Journal for Clinicians
Volume56
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2006

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Technology
Appointments and Schedules
Neoplasms
Primary Health Care
Early Detection of Cancer
Telephone
Patient Selection

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Hematology
  • Oncology

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Jimbo, Masahito ; Nease, Donald E. ; Ruffin IV, Mack T. ; Rana, Gurpreet K. / Information technology and cancer prevention. In: Ca-A Cancer Journal for Clinicians. 2006 ; Vol. 56, No. 1. pp. 26-36.
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Information technology and cancer prevention. / Jimbo, Masahito; Nease, Donald E.; Ruffin IV, Mack T.; Rana, Gurpreet K.

In: Ca-A Cancer Journal for Clinicians, Vol. 56, No. 1, 01.01.2006, p. 26-36.

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