Evaluation of a faith-placed education intervention for bowel cancer screening in Muslim communities in the East of England; Affiliated to the NIHR ARC East of England

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Layman's description

Inequalities exist in uptake of bowel cancer screening in England, with low uptake amongst certain ethnic and religious groups, and in areas with high deprivation. In Muslim communities it is estimated that bowel cancer screening uptake is 25% lower than in white ethnic groups. These groups are also more likely to receive a late diagnosis of bowel cancer. Culturally adapted interventions are needed to address these inequalities.

This mixed-methods feasibility study aims to assess the impact of a faith-placed group education session delivered by clinicians (who is themselves members of the community). It will compare intention to take up bowel cancer screening, numbers requesting a screening kit, and completing a returning a screening kit between a study group (those receiving the intervention) and a reference group (those not receiving the intervention). It also aims to assess the acceptability and accessibility of intervention for study participants as well as the clinicians delivering the sessions.

The study will be delivered in partnership with the British Islamic Medical Association. Study sites will be Mosques within Luton and Peterborough. Those eligible will be men and women aged 56 years and over who have not had a recent diagnosis of or are undergoing treatment for bowel cancer.

The study will last for approximately 12 months. Participants from in the study group will be asked to attend a one-hour group education session at their place of worship (or other community settings if appropriate for examples to enable more women to participate). Participants will be asked to complete a baseline survey, a post intervention survey (study group only) and a six-month follow up survey. Focus groups will be held with study group participants and with clinicians delivering the intervention to get a more in-depth understanding of the acceptability and accessibility of the intervention.

Key findings

Protocol submitted to PLOS One
Short titleBIMA intervention
AcronymBIMA evaluation
Effective start/end date1/08/2129/02/24


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