The colonoscopy is another screening test that uses a scope to examine for abnormal growths in the colon and rectum. In order to appropriately prepare for this test, patients must follow a special diet prior to this screening test. The colonoscopy educational materials that are provided to the patients have several components: colonoscopy educational videos and printed instructional guides.
For additional information on the colonoscopy, visit the American Cancer Society website.
In the Harris Health System, when patients have a positive FIT result or present with symptoms concerning for colon cancer, they are referred to a gastroenterologist for a colonoscopy. To help patients understand how to properly prepare for the procedure, the Community Network for Cancer Prevention collaborated with clinical staff of the Harris Health System to develop a colonoscopy preparation videos and colonoscopy instruction printed guides.
Preparing for a Colonoscopy Videos
Patients referred to a gastroenterologist for a colonoscopy are given the opportunity to view a brief educational video about preparing for a colonoscopy in English, Spanish, or Vietnamese.
Each video is culturally and linguistically appropriate for African-American, White, Hispanic, and Vietnamese men and women. The videos are designed to help patients properly prepare for a colonoscopy. It explains dietary and drug restrictions, when special medicines required before the test should be taken, what to expect during the procedure, how long the procedure will take, and any physical restrictions after the procedure.
All of these videos can be viewed online.
Printed Instruction Guide
The printed colonoscopy instructional guide is a set of easy-to-read instructions that is given to patients when they are scheduled to undergo a colonoscopy. The guide is written in English, Spanish, and Vietnamese and is designed to help patients properly prepare for the procedure. It explains dietary and drug restrictions, when special medicines required before the test should be taken, what to expect during the procedure, how long the procedure will take, and any physical restrictions after the procedure. For patients who may have difficulty reading, the guide provides them with a telephone hotline to call that reads the colonoscopy instructions to them in English, Spanish, and Vietnamese.