Screening for colorectal cancer by faecal occult blood test: why people choose to refuse

Intern Med J. 2006 Sep;36(9):607-10. doi: 10.1111/j.1445-5994.2006.01155.x.


To better understand the personal barriers that limit participation in faecal occult blood test (FOBT) screening for colorectal cancer, non-participants from a recent screening initiative were sent detailed questionnaires, defining their reasons for not participating, as well as how to make screening more attractive. The important barrier was procrastination. The type of FOBT kit offered influenced the reasons for not participating. Convenient FOBT and greater general practitioner involvement may be important for optimizing community acceptance of FOBT-based screening.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Colorectal Neoplasms / blood*
  • Colorectal Neoplasms / diagnosis*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Occult Blood*
  • Patient Acceptance of Health Care* / psychology
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Treatment Refusal / psychology