About My Health Careers Internship MedBlogs Contact us
Medindia LOGIN REGISTER
Advertisement

Men Who Live Alone May Not Participate in Bowel Screening

by Julia Samuel on November 16, 2017 at 5:58 PM
Font : A-A+

Men Who Live Alone May Not Participate in Bowel Screening

Single men are less likely to participate in bowel screening tests compared to those who live with a partner, according to a new University of Stirling study.

The findings are among the first to emerge from a pioneering study, Healthy Ageing in Scotland (HAGIS), which has collated comprehensive data on the economic, health and social circumstances of over 1,000 Scots aged 50+ years.

Advertisement


This comprehensive study of aging is the first of its kind in Scotland and will join the Gateway to Global Aging platform, which influences and informs public policy worldwide by supporting international aging research.

As part of the study, participants were asked whether they had ever taken part in the Scottish Bowel Screening Programme, which is credited with saving 150 lives a year.
Advertisement

Since 2009, Scots aged 50 and over have the option of taking the free test, which involves sending three samples of feces to a local NHS laboratory, every two years. Screening is proactively offered to people aged between 50 and 74, while those 75 and over can participate on request.

The study found 74.7 percent of those surveyed had ever taken part in the screening programme but it varied significantly depending on living arrangements and gender. In the case of men living with a partner, 79.5 percent had taken the test, however, that figure fell to 57.6 percent for those who lived alone.

In women, 77.8 percent of those living with a partner had taken the test compared to 73.3 percent of those living alone.

Principal Investigator David Bell, Professor of Economics at Stirling Management School, said: "Our research indicates that men are significantly less likely to accept the offer of a free bowel screening test if they are living alone, compared to those who have a partner.

"We believe this could be attributed to the support that partners offer each other in terms of encouraging each other to take part in the test. Those living with a partner also have someone to discuss the screening process with, helping to allay concerns and fears."

The research found that the participation rate of the youngest age group (50-54) was 58.7 percent and that the rate increased with age. Of those aged 55 to 59, 67.5 percent had taken a test, followed by 60-64 (77%), 65-69 (81.9%), 70-74 (77.8%) and 75-79 (79.5%).

Uptake was also lower in deprived communities, the research found. However, there did not seem to be a disparity in the participation rate between those living in urban and rural areas. The team said this "was not surprising" given the screening was conducted by post.

Professor Bell added: "We believe our findings could help to inform and shape health policy to ensure future campaigns can be targeted at those who are less likely to participate, such as males living alone in deprived areas. "Ultimately, if the participation rate can be increased, more lives will be saved."

Source: Eurekalert
Advertisement

Advertisement
News A-Z
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
Advertisement
News Category
What's New on Medindia
International Day of Persons with Disabilities 2021 - Fighting for Rights in the Post-COVID Era
Effect of Blood Group Type on COVID-19 Risk and Severity
Woman with Rare Spinal Cord Defect from Birth Sues Doctor
View all

Medindia Newsletters Subscribe to our Free Newsletters!
Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policy.

More News on:
Crohns Disease 

Recommended Reading
Inflammatory Bowel Disease
Inflammatory bowel disease involves chronic inflammation of the colon and small intestine. Symptoms ...
Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) causes recurrent abdominal pain or discomfort and a fluctuating ......
Short Bowel Syndrome
Short bowel syndrome is a rare disorder that occurs due to the physical or functional loss of a ......
Small bowel atresia
The small bowel is the section of bowel between the stomach and the large bowel (colon). It is ......
Crohns Disease
Crohn’s disease or regional enteritis is an inflammatory bowel disease that involves the small intes...

Disclaimer - All information and content on this site are for information and educational purposes only. The information should not be used for either diagnosis or treatment or both for any health related problem or disease. Always seek the advice of a qualified physician for medical diagnosis and treatment. Full Disclaimer

© All Rights Reserved 1997 - 2021

This site uses cookies to deliver our services. By using our site, you acknowledge that you have read and understand our Cookie Policy, Privacy Policy, and our Terms of Use