Faecal occult blood test: Current practice in a rural Queensland community

Janda, Monika, Hughes, Karen, Tong, Shilu, Stanton, Warren R., Aitken, Joanne, Clavarino, Alexandra, Short, Leonie, Del Mar, Christopher, Leggett, Barbara and Newman, Beth (2002) Faecal occult blood test: Current practice in a rural Queensland community. Australian Journal of Rural Health, 10 1: 57-64. doi:10.1111/j.1440-1584.2002.tb00010.x

Author Janda, Monika
Hughes, Karen
Tong, Shilu
Stanton, Warren R.
Aitken, Joanne
Clavarino, Alexandra
Short, Leonie
Del Mar, Christopher
Leggett, Barbara
Newman, Beth
Title Faecal occult blood test: Current practice in a rural Queensland community
Journal name Australian Journal of Rural Health   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1038-5282
Publication date 2002-02
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/j.1440-1584.2002.tb00010.x
Volume 10
Issue 1
Start page 57
End page 64
Total pages 8
Editor J. Marley
Place of publication Richmond, VIC, Australia
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Asia
Collection year 2002
Language eng
Subject C1
321216 Health Promotion
730200 Public Health
1110 Nursing
1117 Public Health and Health Services
Formatted abstract
The findings of a recent telephone survey of 604 residents (50–74 years of age) in a rural community in Queensland are presented. The survey focused on the participants' knowledge concerning the faecal occult blood test (FOBT) and their previous testing history. Responses were analysed in terms of gender, age and education differences. More than half of all participants were aware of the FOBT, and 109 (18%) had undergone FOBT in the past. Fewer understood the importance of 'health checks without symptoms' than the 'advantage of early treatment'. The most common reasons to use FOBT were: 'prevention' and 'I want to know if I have cancer'. A person's gender, age and education were shown to be associated with their knowledge and beliefs. These results suggest an increase in the use of the FOBT with time (in relation to previous surveys), but a poor understanding of its place in promoting health.
Keyword Colorectal cancer
Faecal occult blood test
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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