County Durham Bowel Cancer Screeningreport, County Durham

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Summary of report content

April 2017 is Bowel Cancer awareness month and Healthwatch County Durham (HWCD) took the opportunity to research the uptake of bowel cancer screening in the county to see why some eligible people were not taking part in the screening programme and if there was anything that could be done to encourage more people to participate. A survey questionnaire was created with 593 responses gathered, 224 online and the remaining 369 through face to face interviews. The survey asked people who had not completed the bowel screening test if there were any specific reasons. The main themes were that they were fearful or too embarrassed to do the test. Some people thought because they were “symptom free” they didn’t need to complete the test. The report made the following recommendations: • Consider enclosing disposable gloves into the kits which may encourage more people to take the tests. • Awareness raising to make people aware that they can still be screened after the age of 74. • Give advice to patients with other forms of cancer that it is still important to carry out the test, explaining they will not necessarily have had any tests for bowel cancer as part of their ongoing treatment. • Provide clearer instructions and easy read as this may encourage more people to take the tests. At the time of the publication there was no response to the report included.

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General details

Report title 
County Durham Bowel Cancer Screeningreport, County Durham
Local Healthwatch 
Healthwatch County Durham
Date of publication 
Saturday, 7 January, 2017
Date evidence capture began 
Tuesday, 4 April, 2017
Date evidence capture finished 
Friday, 7 July, 2017
Type of report 
Public opinion
Key themes 
Health protection
Healthwatch reference number 

Methodology and approach

Was the work undertaken at the request of another organisation? 
What type of organisation requested the work 
Primary research method used 
Structured interview
How was the information collected? 
If an Enter and View methodology was applied, was the visit announced or unannounced? 

Details of health and care services included in the report

Primary care services 
Diagnostic and/or screening service - single handed sessional providers

Details about conditions and diseases

Conditions or diseases 

Details of people who shared their views

Age group 
All people 18 and over
Not known
Sexual orientation 
Not known
Does the information include public's views? 
Does the information include carer's, friend's or relative's views? 
Does the information include staff's views? 
Does the information include other people's views? 
Not known
What was the main sentiment of the people who shared their views? 

Outcomes and impact

Were recommendations made by local Healthwatch in the report? 
Does the information contain a response from a provider? 
Is there evidence of impact in the report? 
Is there evidence of impact external to the report? 

Network Impact
Relationships that exist locally, regionally, nationally have benefited from the work undertaken in the report
Implied Impact
Where it is implied that change may occur in the future as a result of Healthwatch work. This can be implied in a provider  response, press release or other source. Implied impact can become tangible impact once change has occurred.
Tangible Impact
There is evidence of change that can be directly attributed to Healthwatch work undertaken in the report.