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February 2012 Cancer Control PLANET e-newsletter

Cancer Control P.L.A.N.E.T. Plan, Link, Act, Network with Evidence-based Tools – Cancer Control P.L.A.N.E.T. Links to comprehensive cancer control resources for public health professionals

February 2012

Inside this Issue...


> Updates on Step 2:
   Move from Research
   to Practice

   Happy Birthday R2R!

   Research to Reality
   Cyber-Seminar

   Join the Discussion!

> Updates on Step 3:
   Research Reviews of
   Different Intervention
   Approaches

   USPSTF Draft Research
   Plan: Genetic Risk
   Assessment and BRCA
   Mutation Testing for
   Breast and Ovarian
   Cancer Susceptibility

   Updated Cancer Screening
   Systematic Reviews added
   to the Community Guide

> Updates on Step 4:
   Research-tested
   Intervention
   Programs (RTIPs)

   Automated Telephone Calls
   Improve Completion of Fecal
   Occult Blood Testing

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Updates on Step 2: Move from Research to Practice

Happy Birthday R2R!

This month marks the one year anniversary of the launch of ResearchtoReality.cancer.gov site—the online community of practice designed to create a dialogue between cancer control practitioners and researchers on how to move evidence-based programs into practice. Community members connect and collaborate with other professionals. Members ask questions, discuss ideas and solutions, and share useful resources and tools. They also participate in cyber-seminars and follow practitioners’ stories through the Mentorship Program.

Since its launch last February, more than 750 members—a cross-section of cancer control practitioners, researchers, advocates, students, and others have joined. Come and see why we are excited about this growing community. Join us as we celebrate our birthday!

Research to Reality Cyber-Seminar

We are looking forward to the March R2R Cyber-Seminar, "Make it Your Own (MIYO): Creating Customized Health Materials for your Community." Registration is open now for this session, which will take place March 13, 2012, 2:00–3:00 p.m. EST.

Did you miss any recent cyber-seminars? Please visit the archive to view recent programs and join the online conversations.

Join the Discussion!

We have several issues under discussion on R2R! Join guest discussants Lenora Johnson on patient-provider education and Bob Croyle on achieving collaboration. Working on Body and Soul? Join the conversation.

Updates on Step 3: Research Reviews of Different Intervention Approaches

USPSTF Draft Research Plan: Genetic Risk Assessment and BRCA Mutation Testing for Breast and Ovarian Cancer Susceptibility

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force has posted its draft research plan for Genetic Risk Assessment and BRCA Mutation Testing for Breast and Ovarian Cancer Susceptibility (BRCA). This document is available on its website: www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org/tfcomment.htm. The USPSTF is interested in receiving comments on this draft document from all interested individuals and organizations; however, readers should note that the USPSTF writes these documents for researchers, primary care doctors, and other health care providers, using medical and scientific language as appropriate for these audiences.

About Research Plans: A small group of USPSTF members, called topic leads, works with researchers from the Evidence-based Practice Center (EPC) to create a draft Research Plan to guide the systematic review of the evidence. The Research Plan consists of an analytic framework, key questions, and a literature search strategy or research approach.

Each draft Research Plan is posted for public comment for four weeks. The USPSTF topic leads, with the assistance of the EPC researchers, review all of the comments received, revise the draft plan, and develop a final Research Plan. The final Research Plan is then posted on the USPSTF website.

Updated Cancer Screening Systematic Reviews added to the Community Guide

The Community Preventive Services Task Force issued the following findings and recommendations for interventions aimed at increasing breast, cervical, and colorectal cancer screening. The Task Force bases its findings and recommendations on systematic reviews conducted by Community Guide scientists and partners. All but one of the findings and recommendations remain unchanged from the original review. The finding for group education interventions for breast cancer screening was changed from "insufficient evidence" to "recommended."

Click on an underlined intervention title below for the findings and recommendations and a summary of the review:

Updates on Step 4: Research Tested Intervention Programs (RTIPs)

Automated Telephone Calls Improve Completion of Fecal Occult Blood Testing
The program is designed to increase colorectal cancer screening through the use of automated telephone call reminders. The intervention includes 1) Implementation Guide; 2) call scripts; and 3) mailed fecal occult blood testing materials. A research study was conducted to test the efficacy of the intervention, and at posttest, the completion of fecal occult blood testing was significantly higher in the intervention group than the comparison group.

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