While patients are waiting to visit with their doctor, they are given an opportunity to view the iFIT screening video and upon discharge, they are provided with a iFIT Kit. The iFIT kit has several components: an iFIT distribution bag and linguistically appropriate printed instructional guides. Preliminary results from surveys conducted among patients and Harris Health System healthcare providers indicate high levels of satisfaction with the content of the iFIT kit.
For additional information on the iFIT, visit the American Cancer Society website.
iFIT Kit and Educational Materials
The iFIT kit was developed by the Community Network for Cancer Prevention in collaboration with clinical staff of the Harris Health System. The purpose the iFIT kit is to:
- Increase knowledge and awareness of CRC screening guidelines and services among Harris Health System patients.
- Provide tools to health providers to educate patients about CRC screening resources available at the state, regional, and local levels.
- Increase rates of referral and follow-up of abnormal iFIT results through the Harris Health System.
- Increase the proportion of patients identified as being at risk for CRC.
- Increase the proportion of patient diagnosed with CRC in precancerous or early stages of disease.
iFIT Educational Videos
Patients in the Harris Health System who are eligible for CRC screening are identified by an alert from the health-maintenance module in the electronic medical record system.
Eligible patients are given the opportunity to view a brief educational video about CRC screening in English, Spanish, or Vietnamese before visiting with their physician.
Each video is culturally and linguistically appropriate for African-American, white, Hispanic, and Vietnamese men and women. Because the patient selects the video he or she prefers to watch, selection data can be used to analyze whether CRC screening rates will improve, patient knowledge about CRC screening will increase, and patient attitudes about CRC screening will change.
All of the videos can be viewed online.
iFIT Distribution Bag
The iFIT distribution bag was developed so that patients could carry all of their sample collection supplies discretely in a single bag and to remind them to take the test and return their specimen-collection card to the clinic.
The bag contains an instructional guide, a biohazard bag, gloves, sampling bottle, and absorbent pad. All the test materials and instructions in the bag are printed in English, Spanish, or Vietnamese.
Printed Instruction Guide
At the end of the clinic visit, a Harris Health System staff member explains this instructional guide to the patient. This printed guide is a set of easy-to-read step-by-step instructions for the iFIT in English, Spanish and Vietnamese. The guide is designed to help patients complete their iFIT screening in the privacy of their home. It explains how to perform the test, how to properly store the specimens, and where to return them. For patients who may have difficulty reading, the guide provides them with a telephone hotline to call which reads the instructions to them in English, Spanish, and Vietnamese.