Journal article

A comparative case study of bowel cancer screening in the UK and Australia: evidence lost in translation?

KL Flitcroft, DJB St John, K Howard, SM Carter, MP Pignone, GP Salkeld, LJ Trevena

Journal of Medical Screening | ROYAL SOC MEDICINE PRESS LTD | Published : 2011


OBJECTIVES: (i) To document the current state of the English, Scottish, Welsh, Northern Irish and Australian bowel cancer screening programmes, according to seven key characteristics, and (ii) to explore the policy trade-offs resulting from inadequate funding. SETTING: United Kingdom and Australia. METHODS: A comparative case study design using document and key informant interview analysis. Data were collated for each national jurisdiction on seven key programme characteristics: screening frequency, population coverage, quality of test, programme model, quality of follow-up, quality of colonoscopy and quality of data collection. A list of optimal features for each of the seven characteristic..

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Awarded by National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)


Funding Acknowledgements

JSJ receives a sitting fee for one or two meetings each year as a member of the Program Advisory Group and as chair of the Quality Working Group for the Australian National Bowel Cancer Screening Program. He has no involvement with financial aspects of the Programme. MP was the recipient of a Packer Policy Fellowship from the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing in 2010.KF is part-funded by successive National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Programme Grants to the Screening and Test Evaluation Programme (402764 from 2006-2010 and 633003 from 2011-2015) and an NHMRC Public Health Postgraduate Scholarship (571224). The research was carried out independently of the NHMRC.