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USPSTF issues a draft research plan for review of evidence for colorectal cancer screening

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The US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) has posted a Draft Research Plan for Colorectal Cancer screening on its website on Jan. 3, 2019.  It is open for public comment till Jan. 30, 2019. The research plan includes a proposed analytic framework, key questions, study approach and a decision mode as a guide for the systematic review of the evidence by researchers.  The three key questions reviewed are:

  • What is the effectiveness or comparative effectiveness of screening programs in reducing colorectal cancer, mortality, or both?
  • What is the accuracy of direct visualization, stool-based, or blood-based screening tests for detecting colorectal cancer, advanced adenomas, or adenomatous polyps based on size?
  • What are the serious harms of the different screening tests?
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