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Practice Observed

Practice Research: General practitioners' awareness of colorectal cancer

Br Med J (Clin Res Ed) 1986; 292 doi: (Published 01 February 1986) Cite this as: Br Med J (Clin Res Ed) 1986;292:307
  1. Sally Nichols


    A survey was carried out in Portsmouth to find out what general practitioners knew about colorectal cancer and what their views were on screening. A random sample of general practitioners was interviewed by questionnaire and the remainder asked to complete the questionnaire themselves. The overall response rate was 62%. There was a higher response rate from women doctors and from the group that was interviewed. For some questions there was a difference in the pattern of responses given by the interview group and the group who completed the questionnaire themselves.

    The level of knowledge of colorectal cancer varied according to which aspect was questioned. The general practitioners knew the symptoms well but were less aware of the vital statistics and risk factors. Most doctors were not in favour of screening by testing for faecal occult blood.