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Project description

Title: Development and validation of a short family history screening tool for chronic disease prevention in primary care – The FAST Study
Short Title: The FAST Study
Project Description:

The FAST study was funded by a NIHR Research for Patient Benefit grant. The study finished in Autumn 2011 and we are currently completing the analyses and writing papers for publications a in order to disseminate the findings.

The study developed and validated a short questionnaire screening tool based on family history to identify groups of primary care patients at risk of four chronic diseases: heart disease, type 2 diabetes, breast and colorectal cancer. These conditions were selected as marker conditions as they fulfilled screening criteria, and effective interventions and lifestyle strategies exist for their primary and secondary prevention.

We found that the questionnaire screening tool performed well, and accurately identified people who were at increased risk of developing one of the four marker conditions. Using psychological questionnaires and qualitative interviews we found that completing the screening questionnaire and being informed of personal risk levels did not significantly increase anxiety or distress.

We are now developing research proposals which will enable us to test the screening questionnaire in different primary care populations and using different administration methods.

Start date: 1st March 2009
End date: 31st October 2011
Ethics Approval: Ethics approval was received from Cambridgeshire 2 Research Ethics Committee on 22nd December 2008 REC Research Number 08/H0308/371

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Funding Information

Funding organisation name: A National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Research for Patient Benefit  (RfPB) Grant was awarded in July 2008
Sponsor: The study is sponsored by Cambridgeshire Primary Care Trust (PCT)

University of Cambridge

National School for Primary Care Research

Cambridgshire Primary Care Trust

The University of Western Australia






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