Background: Delivering health information and referrals through 2-1-1 is promising, but these systems need efficient ways of identifying callers at increased risk.
Purpose: This study explores the utility of using 2-1-1 service request data to predict callers' cancer control needs.
Methods: Using data from a large sample of callers (N=4101) to United Way 2-1-1 Missouri, logistic regression was used to examine the relationship between caller demographics and type of service request, and cancer control needs.
Results: Of six types of service requests examined, three were associated with one or more cancer control needs. Two of the service request types were associated also with health insurance status.
Conclusions: Findings suggest routinely collected 2-1-1 service request data may be useful in helping to efficiently identify callers with specific cancer prevention and control needs. However, to apply this approach in 2-1-1 systems across the country, further research and ongoing surveillance is necessary.
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