Could It Be Colorectal Cancer? General Practitioners' Use of the Faecal Occult Blood Test and Decision Making – A Qualitative Study

Cecilia Högberg; Eva Samuelsson; Mikael Lilja; Eva Fhärm


BMC Fam Pract. 2015;16(153) 

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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.