Careful listening to the patient's history was essential for prompting suspicion of CRC and for making a decision about which patients to refer. The iFOBT was used frequently as support, but there was a considerable variation in the handling of the results. The diagnostic process can be described as navigating uncertain waters with safety margins, while striving to keep the patient's best interests in mind.
CRC: Colorectal cancer, GP: General Practitioner, FOBT: Faecal occult blood test, iFOBT: Immunochemical faecal occult blood test
We thank the participating physicians for their interest and for their time. This study was made possible by unrestricted grants from the Region Jämtland Härjedalen, the Regional Cancer Centre North, the Northern County Councils (Visare Norr), the Swedish Society of Medicine, the Cancer Research Foundation in Northern Sweden, and the Jämtland County Cancer and Nursing Fund.
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