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Guaiac Fecal Occult Blood Test Compared with Alternative Tests for Patients with Unexplained Anemia or Suspected Colorectal Cancer: Comparative Clinical Utility, Cost-Effectiveness, and Evidence-Based Guidelines

Last updated: July 26, 2016
Project Number: RB1006-000
Product Line: Rapid Response
Research Type: Other Diagnostics
Report Type: Summary of Abstracts
Result type: Report

Question

  1. What is the clinical utility of guaiac fecal occult blood tests versus other alternatives for patients with unexplained anemia or suspected colon cancer?
  2. What is the comparative cost-effectiveness of guaiac fecal occult blood tests versus other alternatives for patients with unexplained anemia or suspected colon cancer?
  3. What are the evidence-based guidelines regarding the use of guaiac fecal occult blood tests for the evaluation of patients with unexplained anemia or suspected colon cancer?

Key Message

Six systematic reviews, one randomized controlled trial, 12 economic evaluations, and five evidence-based guidelines were identified regarding guaiac fecal occult blood tests versus other alternatives for patients with unexplained anemia or suspected colon cancer.