Motivation-based intervention to promote colonoscopy screening: An integration of a fear management model and motivational interviewing

Watcharaporn Pengchit, Scott T. Walters, Rebecca G. Simmons, Wendy Kohlmann, Randall W. Burt, Marc D. Schwartz, Anita Y. Kinney

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Colorectal cancer (CRC) screening rates have been low despite effectiveness of screening in reducing CRC mortality. This article outlines the theoretical background and development of an innovative, telephone-based risk communication designed to promote screening among individuals at increased risk for familial CRC. This ongoing intervention integrates the Extended Parallel Process Model of fear management and the motivational interviewing counselling style. Tailoring and implementation intentions are incorporated. The primary outcome is self-reported colonoscopy within nine months following intervention. If proven effective, the remote intervention could be broadly disseminated to individuals at increased familial CRC risk, especially those in geographically underserved areas.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1187-1197
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Health Psychology
Issue number8
StatePublished - 1 Nov 2011



  • behavioural intervention theory
  • colorectal cancer screening
  • fear appeal
  • motivational interviewing
  • tailored intervention

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