Primary Care Physicians Order 88% of FIT-Fecal DNA Tests
Douglas K. Rex, MD, FASGE, reviewing Weiser E, et al. J Med Screen 2020 Feb 13.
This industry-sponsored study examined adherence rates to the fecal immunochemical test (FIT)-fecal DNA test commercially available from Exact Sciences Laboratories. The authors were all associated with the company.
Between September 1, 2016, and August 31, 2017, there were 368,494 Medicare patients (64% female) who had the test ordered, and 71% completed the test. The test was ordered by primary care physicians (PCPs) in 88% of the instances, gastroenterologists in 6%, and other specialists in the remainder. The adherence rate was lower when ordered by PCPs compared to gastroenterologists (71% vs 78%).
Note to readers: At the time we reviewed this paper, its publisher noted that it was not in final form and that subsequent changes might be made.
Douglas K. Rex, MD, FASGE
Weiser E, Parks PD, Swartz RK, et al. Cross-sectional adherence with the multi-target stool DNA test for colorectal cancer screening: real-world data from a large cohort of older adults. J Med Screen 2020 Feb 13. (Epub ahead of print) (https://doi.org/10.1177%2F0969141320903756)