Healthy People 2010 Goal Used in Modeling
Increase the proportion of adults who have received a sigmoidoscopy
at some point in their lives.
- Target: 50 percent.
- Baseline: 37 percent of adults aged 50 years and older reported
having ever received a
sigmoidoscopy in 1998 (age adjusted to the year 2000 standard
- Target setting method: Better than the best.
- Data source: National Health Interview Survey (NHIS), CDC, NCHS.
- Reference: Healthy People 2010 Operational Definition
We expanded this objective to include adults who have received either a
sigmoidoscopy or colonoscopy. At the time this target was originally
set, sigmoidoscopy was the preferred test method. Since then,
studies have shown additional benefit from colonoscopy, and it has
become more widely used. It is, however, a more costly and invasive
procedure and carries a slightly increased risk, so current recommendations
are for having either of the tests.