Patient preferences and adherence to colorectal cancer screening in an urban population

Am J Public Health. 2006 May;96(5):809-11. doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2004.049684. Epub 2006 Mar 29.


We measured patient preferences for colorectal cancer (CRC) screening strategies and actual receipt of alternative CRC screening tests among an urban minority sample participating in an intervention study. The fecal occult blood test was the most preferred test, reportedly owing to its convenience and the noninvasive nature. For individuals who obtained a test that was other than their stated preference (41.1%), reasons for this discordance may be due to physician preferences that override patient preferences.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Colorectal Neoplasms / diagnosis*
  • Colorectal Neoplasms / ethnology
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Mass Screening
  • Middle Aged
  • Occult Blood
  • Patient Compliance / ethnology
  • Patient Compliance / statistics & numerical data*
  • Patient Satisfaction / ethnology
  • Patient Satisfaction / statistics & numerical data*
  • Socioeconomic Factors
  • Urban Population