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Platt KD, Kurlander JE, Zikmund-Fisher BJ, Lipson R, Knaus M, Waljee AK, Saini SD. Rethinking the Re-Prep: Attitudes Toward Noninvasive Colorectal Cancer Screening Tests After Inadequate Bowel Preparation. The American journal of gastroenterology. 2019 Oct 1; 114(10):1685-1687.
OBJECTIVES: To assess patient preferences for colorectal cancer screening with stool-based tests after initial colonoscopy with suboptimal bowel preparation. METHODS: An online scenario-based survey of adults aged 45 to 75 years at average risk for colorectal cancer was performed. RESULTS: When presented with a hypothetical scenario of screening colonoscopy with suboptimal bowel preparation, 59% of respondents chose stool-based testing as a next step, 29% preferred a repeat colonoscopy within a year, and 12% preferred a repeat colonoscopy in 10 years (N = 1,080). CONCLUSIONS: Clinicians should consider offering stool-based screening tests as an alternative to repeat colonoscopy after suboptimal bowel preparation.