Date of Award

Summer 8-2009

Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Science

Field of Study

Primary Care Clinical Research


Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences

First Advisor

Dr. Roberto Cardarelli


This pilot study was the first to utilize the Interpersonal Processes of Care (IPC) instrument to investigate physician/patient communication and the extent to which it impacts a patient’s adherence to the recommendation to obtain a colorectal cancer screening test. A total of 45 individuals participated in this cross-sectional study. Potential participants (50 years of age or older in 2007) were recruited from the billing records of the University of North Texas Health Science Center/Department of Family Medicine. All potential participants had been seen by their primary care physician for a preventative visit in 2007. While no IPC factor was found to be significantly associated with adherence, one IPC factor, hurried communication, trended towards significance (pvalue 0.055) when combined in a predictive model that also measured a subject’s level of social support and number of persons that lived with them.