Table 1

Prevalence of occult blood testing (3-day kit or DRE)a in past year or SIG in past 5 years by patient characteristics (n = 214)

Sample characteristicsFOBT in past yearSIG in past 5 years
% (n)None (n = 106/214) %Kit (n = 51/214) %DRE (n = 57/214) %(n = 67/214) %
Age (years)
 53–6454 (115)52192929
 65 or older46 (99)46292735
Gender
 Male53 (113)51232630
 Female47 (101)48252733
Race/ethnicity
 White69 (147)48242931
 Nonwhite31 (67)532322b33
≥1 chronic condition
 Yes67 (144)50253033
 No33 (70)472225c28b
Health maintenance index visit
 Yes10 (22)32234523
 No90 (192)522424c32
Family history
 Yes11 (24)25334242
 No89 (183)522325c30b
  • a FOBT, fecal occult blood test; DRE, digital rectal exam; Kit, 3-day take home kit; SIG, flexible sigmoidoscopy. Tests may have been done for screening or diagnosis.

  • b P ≤ 0.10.

  • c P ≤ 0.05.