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Table 3 Performance of referral symptoms and FIT in identifying significant bowel pathology

From: Development and evaluation of a risk assessment tool to improve clinical triage accuracy for colonoscopic investigations

Referral symptom SBD
n = 114
Positive n (%)
No SBD
n = 314
Positive n (%)
OR 95%CI P-value
Altered bowel habit 40 (38.5) 115 (36.6) 0.93 0.60-1.46 0.770
Rectal bleeding 40 (38.5) 110 (35) 1.02 0.64-1.57 0.992
Diarrhoea 36 (31.6) 96 (30.5) 1.04 0.66-1.66 0.842
Abdominal pain 13 (11.4) 61 (19.4) 0.56 0.30-1.08 0.080
Iron deficiency anaemia 10 (8.7) 256 (81.5) 0.44 0.21-0.86 0.015
Positive faecal haemoglobin 19 (16.6) 20 (6.4) 2.94 1.51-5.74 0.001
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