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Definition

The percentage of people invited to screen through the National Bowel Cancer Screening Program (NBCSP) in a 24-month period who returned a completed screening test within the defined 24-month period or the following 6 months.

Indicator Summary

Numerator
The number of people invited to screen through the NBCSP in a 24-month period who returned a completed screening test within the defined 24-month period or the following 6 months.
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Denominator

The number of people invited in a defined 24-month period, excluding those who either opted off or suspended without completing a screening test.

People who opt off or suspend are excluded from the denominator as they may be already participating in other forms of screening or surveillance due to non-asymptomatic reasons. Therefore, the denominator is closer to a true population screening scenario.
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Computation
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Disaggregation

Items will be presented by sex and age group, by:

  • State and territory
  • Socioeconomic status
  • Remoteness area
  • Indigenous status
  • Main language spoken at home
  • Disability status
  • Disease screening invitation round
  • Screening test type

Some disaggregation may result in numbers too small for publication.

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Calculation rules

Numerators
The number of people invited to screen through the NBCSP in a 24-month period who returned a completed screening test within the defined 24-month period or the following 6 months.
Denominators

The number of people invited in a defined 24-month period, excluding those who either opted off or suspended without completing a screening test.

People who opt off or suspend are excluded from the denominator as they may be already participating in other forms of screening or surveillance due to non-asymptomatic reasons. Therefore, the denominator is closer to a true population screening scenario.
Disaggregation

Items will be presented by sex and age group, by:

  • State and territory
  • Socioeconomic status
  • Remoteness area
  • Indigenous status
  • Main language spoken at home
  • Disability status
  • Disease screening invitation round
  • Screening test type

Some disaggregation may result in numbers too small for publication.

References

ACN (Australian Cancer Network Colorectal Cancer Guidelines Revision Committees) 2005. Guidelines for the Prevention, Early Detection and Management of Colorectal Cancer. Sydney: The Cancer Council Australia and Australian Cancer Network.


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