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Table 2 Primary care professionals' attitudes towards population screening for colorectal cancer

From: Knowledge and attitudes of primary health care physicians and nurses with regard to population screening for colorectal cancer in Balearic Islands and Barcelona

Questions Answers Total
(%)
Physicians
(%)
Nurses
(%)
If a programme for population colorectal cancer screening based on FOBT and colonoscopy were implemented, would you recomend it? Yes, enthusiastically 68.5 69.2 67.8
  Yes, with some reluctance 23.7 23.5 23.9
  I don't know 7.4 6.8 8.0
  No 0.4 0.5 0.3
How do you think the clients in your practice would react to a programme for population screening for colorectal cancer? Almost everyone would participate 27.8 30.8 24.7
  About 50% would participate 36.2 40.2 31.8
  A minority would participate 14.5 15.1 13.8
  I don't know 21.5 13.8 29.7
For users, performing the FOBT is... Easy 41.8 37.3 46.6
  Neither easy nor hard 40.8 42.4 39.0
  Complicated 14.2 16.9 11.2
  I don't know 3.3 3.4 3.3
What role do you think you could play in a colorectal cancer screening programme?* General awareness-raising among clients about colorectal cancer and screening 92.2 90.8 93.6
  Individual counseling for reluctant clients 91.5 93.4 89.4
  Sending clients to the programme if they have not received the letter 77.6 77.9 77.2
  Capturing clients 74.3 74.1 74.5
  Signing letters inviting clients to join the programme 45.7 49.7 41.1
  1. * professionals who agree with each statement, versus those who disagree + don't know