An observational study comparing colorectal screening rates of patients with disabilities to the general US population notes that 44% of persons with a spinal cord injury reported receiving routine screenings, compared to the general population.

Per the study—a review of data from South Carolina Medicaid and Medicare claims, state health plan claims, and hospital discharge data between the years 2000 and 2009—about 48% of the general population reported receiving routine screenings, according to a media release from University of Missouri Health.

Other groups observed by researchers from the University of Missouri School of Medicine were those with either blindness or low vision, with 46% reporting that they received routine screenings; and those with an intellectual disability, with 34% reporting.

“These individuals may not be routinely screened for colorectal cancer due to a lack of education and awareness, transportation challenges, or other barriers,” says Chelsea Deroche, PhD, assistant professor of biostatistics in the MU Department of Health Management and Informatics and in the Biostatistics and Research Design Unit, in the release.

“These findings support the need for increased awareness and targeted advocacy outreach efforts to both physicians and caregivers to ensure all individuals are screened appropriately.”

The study was published online in the American Journal of Preventative Medicine.

[Source(s): University of Missouri Health, Newswise]