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Urgent Immunochemical Fecal Occult Blood Testing for Patients with suspected Gastrointestinal Bleeding: Clinical Evidence and Guidelines

Last updated: September 28, 2012
Project Number: RC0395-000
Product Line: Rapid Response
Report Type: Summary with Critical Appraisal
Result type: Report


  1. What is the clinical evidence that the results of an urgent immunochemical fecal occult blood test, used for non-screening purposes, lead to improved patient outcomes?
  2. What are the evidence-based guidelines regarding the use of urgent or non-screening immunochemical fecal occult blood testing?

Key Message

No clinical trials were identified that have investigated whether the use of urgent immunochemical fecal occult blood test in non-screening situations improves patient outcomes. Similarly, no clinical practice guidelines were identified.