A study looking at attitudes to health and bowel screening in Scotland (ARTICS)

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Cancer type:

Bowel (colorectal) cancer





This is a study looking at how people in Scotland feel about bowel screening.

Bowel cancer screening aims to detect bowel cancer at an early stage when treatment is more likely to work. In Scotland, people aged between 50 and 74 years old are sent a stool testing kit (faecal occult blood test Open a glossary item or FOBT) every 2 years. Currently just over half of people complete and return their kit. The number of people who return the stool sample varies with factors such as age and gender.

Researchers want to find out more about how people feel about taking part in bowel screening. They are sending questionnaires to people who are about to receive a stool testing kit as part of the bowel screening programme.

If you receive a questionnaire and agree to take part, you answer the questions by ticking boxes. There are no right or wrong answers. The study team just want to find out people’s views about health and bowel screening.

Who can enter

You cannot volunteer to join this study. You may be asked to take part if you live in Scotland and are between 50 and 74 years old.

Trial design

The study includes 60,000 people who are being sent a stool testing kit as part of the Scottish bowel screening programme. They are put into 3 groups by a computer. This is called randomisation Open a glossary item. Neither you nor the researchers can decide which group you are in.

  • A third of the people just receive the stool testing kit
  • A third receive a questionnaire 2 weeks before they get the stool testing kit
  • A third receive a different questionnaire 2 weeks before the testing kit

If you receive a questionnaire and agree to fill it in, you then return it in the stamped addressed envelope provided.

You can complete the questionnaire by phone instead. If you want to do this, the number is included in the information you receive.

All the answers you give are confidential Open a glossary item.

You can do the stool test whether or not you complete the questionnaire. The researchers will look at the number of people in each group who return the stool test.

Hospital visits

There are no extra hospital visits. It should take no more than 10 minutes to complete the questionnaire.

Side effects

There are no side effects from taking part in this study.

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Chief Investigator

Prof Ronan O'Carroll

Supported by

Chief Scientist Office (CSO)
National Institute for Health Research Cancer Research Network (NCRN)
Scottish Bowel Screening Programme
University of Stirling

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Last review date

CRUK internal database number:

Oracle 10569

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Alan took part in a clinical trial for bowel cancer patients

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“I think it’s essential that people keep signing up to these type of trials to push research forward.”

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