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Doctor-Patient Compliance in Introducing Fecal Immunochemical Occult Blood Test - Cross-sectional Survey in Bulgaria

Rosica Tzvetanova Dimova, Rumyana Gencheva Stoyanova, Boryana Angelova Levterova, Rossen Stoyanov Dimov

ABSTRACT

Aim: Objective of the study is to assess and analyze the compliance between general practitioners and health-insured individuals, through the willingness and readiness of both researched groups to be introduced to a screening of colorectal carcinoma with I-FOBT at home.

Material and methods: Randomly selected 40 general practitioners and 499 health-insured individuals from their lists with average risk for colorectal carcinoma, aged above 45 from the area of Plovdiv took part. A direct inquiry was used by individual anonymous questionnaires before and after health education, delivered to both examined groups.

Results: The general practitioners are more informed and motivated, have stronger willingness and readiness to cooperate in the screening program of CRC compared to the target group, GPs -97.5%±2.5%, patients – 70.4%±2.1%, Р

Conclusion: The results of the study confirm “good” compliance between doctors and patients, measured by the willingness of both surveyed groups to participate in this screening method, which can serve as the basis for the implementation of population screening with І-FOBT.

Key words: Colorectal cancer, iFOBT, compliance 


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