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Socioeconomic variation in uptake of colonoscopy following a positive faecal occult blood test result: a retrospective analysis of the NHS Bowel Cancer Screening Programme.

Morris, S; Baio, G; Kendall, E; von Wagner, C; Wardle, J; Atkin, W; ... Raine, R; + view all (2012) Socioeconomic variation in uptake of colonoscopy following a positive faecal occult blood test result: a retrospective analysis of the NHS Bowel Cancer Screening Programme. Br J Cancer , 107 (5) 765 - 771. 10.1038/bjc.2012.303.

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Abstract

Bowel cancer is a serious health burden and its early diagnosis improves survival. The Bowel Cancer Screening Programme (BCSP) in England screens with the Faecal Occult Blood test (FOBt), followed by colonoscopy for individuals with a positive test result. Socioeconomic inequalities have been demonstrated for FOBt uptake, but it is not known whether they persist at the next stage of the screening pathway. The aim of this study was to assess the association between colonoscopy uptake and area socioeconomic deprivation, controlling for individual age and sex, and area ethnic diversity, population density, poor self-assessed health, and region.

Type:Article
Title:Socioeconomic variation in uptake of colonoscopy following a positive faecal occult blood test result: a retrospective analysis of the NHS Bowel Cancer Screening Programme.
Location:England
DOI:10.1038/bjc.2012.303
Language:English
Additional information:PMCID: PMC3425978
Keywords:Aged, Colonoscopy, Colorectal Neoplasms, Early Detection of Cancer, Feces, Female, Great Britain, Humans, Male, Middle Aged, National Health Programs, Occult Blood, Patient Acceptance of Health Care, Retrospective Studies, Risk Factors, Socioeconomic Factors, Survival Rate
UCL classification:UCL > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Population Health Sciences > Institute of Epidemiology and Health Care > Epidemiology and Public Health
UCL > School of BEAMS > Faculty of Maths and Physical Sciences > Statistical Science

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