It is essential to have an effective care process to promote colorectal cancer (CRC) screening particularly in rural areas. Primary care health care providers may have a significant impact on improving CRC screening rates among rural residents through systematic screening processes in their clinics. In this qualitative study, we aimed to explore the whole clinic processes of recommending and referring CRC screening in the rural accountable care organization (ACO) primary care clinics. We collected qualitative data through 21 semi-structured in-depth interviews with healthcare providers in rural primary care ACO clinics in Nebraska. We audio recorded and transcribed the interviews and analyzed the data using an inductive content analysis approach. The qualitative analyses revealed that ACO clinics are promoting CRC screening through teamwork with enhanced utilization of electronic health records and various other reminder strategies for both providers and patients. Areas for improvement in ACO clinic processes were also identified.
Colorectal Cancer Screening, Qualitative Research, Rural Health, Primary Care, Accountable Care Organization, Team-Based Care
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Bekmuratova, S., Kim, J., Wang, H., Young, L., Schober, D. J., & Chen, L. (2019). Clinic Exploration of Care Processes to Promote Colorectal Cancer Screening in Rural Accountable Care Organization Clinics: A Qualitative Case Study. The Qualitative Report, 24(6), 1442-1459. https://doi.org/10.46743/2160-3715/2019.3734
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