Patient compliance in returning fecal-hemoccult card packets has been studied in recent years but no specific interventions have been shown consistently to improve the return rate.
It was wondered whether removing a small financial barrier for indigent patients would positively affect compliance.
Therefore, the effect of prepaid postage on the rate of return was studied.
Pre-prepared packets containing hemoccult cards with return envelopes were distributed in a randomized fashion to indigent and private insurance patients in outpatient clinics.
On half of the return envelopes return postage was applied.
The main outcome measure was the rate of return of stamped and unstamped packets stratified between indigent and private insurance patients.
Mots-clés Pascal : Appareil digestif pathologie, Economie santé, Tumeur maligne, Côlon, Dépistage, Technique, Homme, Coût
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Digestive diseases, Health economy, Malignant tumor, Colon, Medical screening, Technique, Human, Costs
Notice produite par :
Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 94-0663818
Code Inist : 002B13B01. Création : 09/06/1995.