• Vol. 43 No. 10, 517–518
  • 15 October 2014

Does Patient Education and Recommendation Result in Increased Uptake of Colorectal Cancer Screening Using the Fecal Occult Blood Test?

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Colorectal cancer (CRC) is the most common cancer in Singapore. Between 2008 and 2012, it accounts for 17.5% of cancer in males and 13.6% in females. Fecal occult blood test (FOBT) is a useful screening tool in decreasing CRC mortality. A study conducted in Hong Kong, found that physician’s recommendation had led to increased FOBT uptake among patients [odds ratio (OR) of 23.5%].

This research study aims to determine whether patient education and recommendation would result in increased uptake of FOBT in polyclinics.

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