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Supplemental Documents for Research Article: "Measures Used in Informed Decision Making About Cancer Screening: A Systematic Review"

This page contains supplemental documents referred to in the article, "Measures Used in Informed Decision Making About Cancer Screening: A Systematic Review," co-authored by CPCRN investigators* in 2006.

*Please direct any related inquiries to authors listed in citation below.


Mullen PD, Allen JD, Glanz K, Fernandez ME, Bowen DJ, Pruitt SL, Glenn BA, Pignone M. (2006). Measures used in studies of informed decision making about cancer screening:  A systematic review.  [Special Issue]. Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 32(3), 188-201. doi: 10.1207/s15324796abm3203_4. PMID: 17107291.


Interventions to promote informed decision making (IDM) for cancer screening are increasingly common. The resulting body of literature provides an opportunity for a systematic review of measures in use. We searched standard databases for intervention trials and other studies of screening decisions and decision aids, finding 2110 unique citations (most with abstracts) that we reduced to 104 full-text articles; 36 studies met inclusion criteria (prostate=20, colorectal=9, breast=6, cervical=1). Two independent coders abstracted data on study characteristics, constructs, and measures. Our findings revealed that most studies measured screening (or intention) and knowledge; fewer measured recommended IDM-related constructs, and none measured all outcomes proposed for evaluating IDM interventions. Validity and reliability of measures received inadequate attention in study reports, conceptual overlap exists among measures, and few IDM measures have been developed/carefully adapted from treatment measures and tested for cancer screening or in diverse populations. We recommend that new and in-progress studies emphasize outcomes beyond knowledge — participation in decision-making according to personal preference, satisfaction with the process, and consistency between decisions and values. Also needed is better use of theory to guide conceptualization and operationalization of measures, greater attention to reliability and validity (particularly in diverse populations), more thorough reporting of sources and operating characteristics of measures, and increased emphasis and resources focused on these issues by funders, researchers, and journal editors.

Review search strategies for PubMed, CINAHL, and PsycInfo

PubMed Search Strategy:
Search ((patient education OR “informed decision” OR “informed decisions” OR “informed choice” OR “informed choices” OR self-efficacy OR “Decision Making”[MeSH:NoExp] OR “deci-sion making”) AND (mass screening OR “screening”) AND (breast neoplasms OR mammogra-phy OR “breast examination” OR “breast examinations” OR cervical neoplasms OR vaginal smears OR pap OR papanicolaou OR colorectal neoplasms OR colonoscopy OR sigmoido-scopy OR occult blood OR prostatic neoplasm OR prostate specific antigen OR PSA)) NOT ge-netic screening[major] Limits: Publication Date from 2003/01/01 to 2005/11/1, English

PubMed actually runs the search this way:
(((“patient education”[MeSH Terms] OR patient education[Text Word]) OR “informed deci-sion”[All Fields] OR “informed decisions”[All Fields] OR “informed choice”[All Fields] OR “in-formed choices”[All Fields] OR (“self efficacy”[MeSH Terms] OR self-efficacy[Text Word]) OR “Decision Making”[MeSH:noexp] OR “decision making”[All Fields]) AND ((“mass screen-ing”[MeSH Terms] OR mass screening[Text Word]) OR “screening”[All Fields]) AND ((“breast neoplasms”[MeSH Terms] OR breast neoplasms[Text Word]) OR (“mammography”[MeSH Terms] OR mammography[Text Word]) OR “breast examination”[All Fields] OR “breast exami-nations”[All Fields] OR ((“cervix neoplasms”[TIAB] NOT Medline[SB]) OR “cervix neo-plasms”[MeSH Terms] OR cervical neoplasms[Text Word]) OR (“vaginal smears”[MeSH Terms] OR vaginal smears[Text Word]) OR pap[All Fields] OR papanicolaou[All Fields] OR (“colorectal neoplasms”[MeSH Terms] OR colorectal neoplasms[Text Word]) OR (“colonoscopy”[MeSH Terms] OR colonoscopy[Text Word]) OR (“sigmoidoscopy”[MeSH Terms] OR sigmoido-scopy[Text Word]) OR (“occult blood”[MeSH Terms] OR occult blood[Text Word]) OR ((“prostatic neoplasms”[TIAB] NOT Medline[SB]) OR “prostatic neoplasms”[MeSH Terms] OR prostatic neoplasm[Text Word]) OR ((“prostate-specific antigen”[TIAB] NOT Medline[SB]) OR “prostate-specific antigen”[MeSH Terms] OR prostate specific antigen[Text Word]) OR PSA[All Fields])) NOT “genetic screening”[MeSH Major Topic] AND English[Lang] AND (“2003/01/01″[PDAT] : “2005/11/1″[PDAT])

CINAHL Search Strategy:
(((((((((MH “Breast Examination+”)) or (MH “Cervical Smears+”)) or (MH “Prostate-Specific Anti-gen”)) or (MH “Mammography”)) or (MH “Colonoscopy+”)) or (MH “Occult Blood”)) or (MH “Breast Neoplasms+”)) or (MH “Cervix Neoplasms”)) or (MH “Prostatic Neoplasms”) AND (MH “Cancer Screening”) AND (((MH “Decision Making, Patient”)) or (MH “Self-Efficacy”)) or (MH “Health Education”)

PsycINFO Search Strategy:
Screening AND (patient education OR informed decision* OR self-efficacy OR decision making) AND (((breast OR cervix OR colorectal OR rectal OR anus OR anal gland OR Sigmoid OR prostate*) AND (cancer or neoplasm*)) OR mammography OR vaginal smear* OR PAP OR pa-panicolaou OR colonoscopy OR sigmoidoscopy OR occult blood OR prostate-specific atigen OR PSA)

Table Summarizing Study Characteristics

As needed, download this resource for additional information/guidance around study characteristics, covering everything from design to intervention, and sample to and constructs measured.

Grant-Writing Resources

Implementation Science Grant-Writing

This resource document is provided to help you write successful implementation science grants and was provided as part of a grant writing panel during the 2022 CPCRN Annual Meeting.

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Policies and Procedures

CPCRN Policies and Procedures

The CPCRN Policies and Procedures manual was designed with the purpose of regulating all major principals, decisions, and actions that define our organization. The policies and guidelines outlined in the document set forth  CPCRNs's mission, vision, priority areas, expectations, values, and culture.

Download CPCRN Policies and Procedures [Updated January 2022]

Progress Reporting Overview

This document is intended to provide an overview of the CPCRN progress reporting process, the data to be collected and reported, and the types of activities that should be reported, to provide guidance to investigators and Project Directors in their data gathering and reporting efforts.

Download Progress Reporting Overview Sheet updated 9-30-21

Guidelines for Collaboration

The CPCRN requires that all Workgroups and individual members adopt these guidelines for collaboration in order to: (1) ensure consistency and continuity in participation; (2) facilitate shared ownership of Workgroup products; (3) ensure fairness in Workgroup members’ contributions and recognition for those contributions; and (4) facilitate timely progress toward Workgroup goals.

Download CPCRN Guidelines for Collaboration [Updated December 2021]

Request for Funding Support from CPCRN Coordinating Center

CPCRN Collaborating Centers are expected to contribute 50% of their resources to cross-center collaborations. The CPCRN Coordinating Center sets aside funds to further support workgroup activities as needed. Please refer to the guidance document below for details on funding eligibility and instructions for submitting a request.

Download Request for Funding Support Guidance Document [Updated September 2021]

Affiliate Member Policy and Application

If you are interested in becoming an Affiliate member of CPCRN, please read the Affiliate Member Policy to determine your eligibility.

Download Affiliate Member Policy  November 2019

Download Affiliate Member Application November 2019

Publications Policy and Cooperative Agreement Numbers

This is abstracted from the complete Policies and Procedures Document.

Download Cooperative Agreement Numbers and Funding Acknowledgement 10-16-2020

CDC Clearance Policy for Research Products with CDC Authors

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Strategic Plan

Originally drafted in March 2018, the Strategic Plan was developed by the CPCRN Coordinating Center as an official reference for orienting Network members to the aims, objectives, and expectations of the Network, and to guide the Network moving forward.

Due to the naturally dynamic, ever-evolving nature of the Network, several iterations of the Strategic Plan have since been published, reflecting updates that align most closely with the current state of the Network. The latest version of the Strategic plan was published in May 2022 (CPCRN5 Year 3), available for download below:

CPCRN Strategic Plan [Update 5-19-22]

CPCRN Templates

CPCRN Presentation Templates

Are you a CPCRN member giving an upcoming presentation? Use this PowerPoint template as the basis for your presentation. It was updated in 2021 and has proper attributions for CPCRN and the PRC program.

Minimalist Slide Template (updated 3-2-21)

Graphic Slide Template (updated 3-2-21)

CPCRN Report Cover Template

If you need to create a report or training manual cover, use this PowerPoint template, which will allow you to edit the title and other text for your report cover (it also includes proper attributions for CPCRN and the PRC program). If you need to put it into a Word document, export the finished slide to .JPG format.

Download CPCRN Vertical Report Cover Template 3-2-21

CPCRN Data Brief Template

Please use this template as the basis for all data briefs published about CPCRN-related work.

Download CPCRN Data Brief Template 3-25-21

CPCRN Workgroup Progress Reporting Template

Please use this template for all CPCRN Workgroup progress reports. Yearly reports are due on December 15th for the previous grant year (e.g. 9/30/19-9/29/20)

Download CPCRN-progress-report-template-WORKGROUPS-6-14-19

CPCRN Workgroup Formation Concept Paper Template

In order to present a new workgroup idea to the Steering Committee, networks members should develop a 1-page concept paper and submit it to the Coordinating Center for dissemination throughout the network.

Download Workgroup Concept Paper Guidance and Template 12-17-19

PRC Resources

Logo and Funding Statement

PRC Funding Statement

Please use the following funding attribution statement, as well as the PRC logo (downloadable above) on any cross-center Workgroup, center-specific core, or other Network-related products made possible by the support of CPCRN:

This [insert product type] is supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of a financial assistance award with 100 percent funded by CDC/HHS (Cooperative Agreement Number U48 DP006400). The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by CDC/HHS, or the U.S. Government.

Cooperative Agreement Numbers

Cooperative Agreement Numbers, 2019-2024

CPCRN Center
Cooperative Agreement Number
Colorado School of Public Health
U48 DP006399
Emory University
U48 DP006377
New York University School of Medicine - CUNY
U48 DP006396
University of Arizona
U48 DP006413
University of Iowa
U48 DP006389
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
U48 DP006400
University of South Carolina
U48 DP006401
University of Washington
U48 DP006398

Cooperative Agreement Numbers, 2014-2019

CPCRN Center
Cooperative Agreement Number
Case Western Reserve University
3 U48 DP005030-01S5
Oregon Health & Science University
3 U48 DP005006-01S3
University of Iowa
3 U48 DP005021-01S4
University of Kentucky
3 U48 DP005014-01S2
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
3 U48 DP005017-01S8
University of Pennsylvania
3 U48 DP005053-01S1
University of South Carolina
3 U48 DP005000-01S2
University of Washington
3 U48 DP005013-01S1A3

Affiliate Member Policy and Application

Affiliate Member Policy and Application

If you are interested in becoming an Affiliate member of CPCRN, please read the Affiliate Member Policy to determine your eligibility.

Download Affiliate Member Policy  November 2019

Download Affiliate Member Application November 2019

Logic Model