Journal article

Screening for colorectal cancer: spoiled for choice?

Diana Sarfati, Caroline Shaw, Melissa McLeod, Tony Blakely, Ian Bissett

The New Zealand Medical Journal | NEW ZEALAND MEDICAL ASSOC | Published : 2016

Abstract

There are many different potential screening strategies for colorectal cancer (CRC) that vary both in the likely magnitude of their benefits on CRC mortality and their impact on health services. Many approaches to CRC screening are cost-effective, but there is substantial uncertainty about the optimal approach. Decision models using Markov or microsimulation modelling that compare the cost-effectiveness of different screening strategies are useful in this regard. We have reviewed recent decision models that compare the cost-effectiveness of one-off flexible sigmoidoscopy screening with immunochemical faecal occult blood (FIT) based screening. Models consistently show that any population-base..

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