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Table 1 Standardized questionnaire used for collection of data

From: Use and abuse of fecal occult blood tests: a community hospital experience

Patient demographics and historical data.
 Presenting complain
 Presence of signs of Gastrointestinal bleeding on admission to the hospital such as; Hematemesis, Coffee-ground emesis, Melena, Hematochezia, bright blood per rectum.
 Past history of Gastrointestinal bleeding
 Past history of; Colorectal polyps, Colorectal cancer
 Past history of Gastrointestinal related procedures; Barium enema, Colonoscopy etc.
 Family history of Colorectal cancer
 Recent usage of medications that are contraindicated in patients that undergo the FOBT (aspirin, antiplatelets, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, anticoagulants, Vitamin C)
Performance of a digital rectal exam (DRE) and/or FOBT while being admitted to the Hospital, along with their results.
 Performance and findings of DRE
 Use of DRE to obtain stool sample for FOBT
 Performance and results of FOBT (gFOBT)
 Rationale for using FOBT
 Repetition of DRE and FOBT
Follow up procedures for the patients with positive FOBT results and their subsequent outcomes.
Gastroenterology service consultation
 Follow up investigations undertaken
 Results of follow up investigations