The Ministry of Health has commissioned Litmus and Sapere Research Group to evaluate the Bowel Screening Pilot. Information gained through the evaluation will help determine whether a bowel screening programme should be rolled out nationally.
This report from Litmus looks at the experience of bowel screening pilot participants. As well, it contains qualitative research into Māori and Pacific populations that did not take up the opportunity to be screened and explores the barriers to participation.
Both qualitative studies offer useful insights into the perceptions, attitudes and behaviour of participants and non-responders.
This report shows that overall, people that took part in the pilot had a positive experience of the bowel screening pathway. Participants summarised their experience as convenient, easy to do, with timely results and progression along the pathway.
Participants who had a positive iFOBT result felt the communication about their results was reassuring and the stage relating to their colonoscopy was flexible, timely, and respectful.
However the report found that bowel screening and the current screening pathway is not acceptable to some Māori and Pacific people and this has implications for ensuring fair access to the bowel screening pilot.