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Faecal occult blood test (FOBT)

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Metadata item type:Help on this termGlossary Item
METeOR identifier:Help on this term564027
Registration status:Help on this termHealth, Standard 29/08/2014
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A self-administered test to detect blood in bowel motions, but not bowel cancer itself. The FOBT is analysed by a pathology laboratory, and the results forwarded to the participant and their primary health care practitioner (if one is nominated). For the National Bowel Cancer Screening Program (NBCSP), two FOBT samples are collected.

Pathologists categorise the returned FOBT into one of three groups:

1.      Correctly completed

2.      Incorrectly completed

3.      Unsatisfactory

Participants are provided with specific instructions on how to complete the FOBT. Any tests not completed according to these instructions are classified as incorrectly completed. Unsatisfactory tests are those that have expired, arrive at the laboratory more than 14 days after the first sample was taken or are damaged. Participants with FOBTs that are not correctly completed or are unsatisfactory are requested to complete another FOBT.

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Bowel cancer screening test cluster Health, Standard 29/08/2014

Bowel cancer screening test result code N[A] Health, Standard 29/08/2014

Bowel cancer screening test type code N Health, Standard 29/08/2014

Bowel screening test completion status code N Health, Standard 29/08/2014

Cancer screening test type Health, Standard 29/08/2014

National Bowel Cancer Screening Program NBEDS 2014-18 Health, Superseded 06/09/2018

National Bowel Cancer Screening Program NBEDS 2018–19 Health, Standard 06/09/2018

National Bowel Cancer Screening Program NBEDS 2019–20 Health, Standardisation pending 23/11/2018

Person—cancer screening test type, bowel cancer code N Health, Standard 29/08/2014

Valid National Bowel Cancer Screening Program (NBCSP) screening test Health, Standard 29/08/2014

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