Table 3

Comparison of available first-round performance indicators in organised FIT programmes in Europe18 20 29

Denmark 2014–2017Finland 2019Italy 2013The Netherlands 2014Slovenia 2011–2012Spain 2013
60–69 years60–66 years60–69 years60, 63, 65 and 67 years60–69 years60–69 years
20 µg Hg/g faeces25 and 70 µg Hg/g faeces20 µg Hg/g faeces15 and 47 µg Hg/g faeces20 µg Hg/g faeces20 µg Hg/g faeces
MenWomenAllMenWomenAllMenWomenAllMenWomenAllMenWomenAllMenWomenAll
Participation*63.570.367.074.783.479.346.549.748.272.076.074.056.063.459.950.953.952.5
Positivity†9.46.07.62.82.42.68.86.17.47.94.96.412.17.29.611.57.09.1
PPV test for CRC‡5.95.05.56.66.46.54.83.44.25.95.65.86.53.85.57.34.46.1
PPV test for AA§NANANA25.715.520.417.311.314.734.027.331.439.624.333.844.127.337.3
PPV test for A¶46.336.242.044.134.839.331.221.326.950.341.746.957.137.549.659.242.452.4
PPV colonoscopy for CRC**6.65.66.29.18.88.97.15.46.47.47.27.37.64.36.38.04.96.7
PPV colonoscopy for AA††NANANA34.821.327.825.717.922.442.735.139.845.827.738.848.530.241.1
PPV colonoscopy for A‡‡51.340.847.059.747.753.546.533.741.263.253.659.566.142.757.065.047.057.8
CRC detection rate§§5.63.04.21.81.61.74.22.03.14.62.83.77.92.75.38.43.1NA
AA detection rate¶¶NANANA7.23.85.315.26.810.826.913.420.048.117.532.450.819.134.1
A detection rate***43.621.731.912.38.410.227.412.919.839.720.429.969.027.052.568.229.747.9
  • *The proportion of persons returning the stool sample out of those invited.

  • †The proportion of participating persons with a test result at or above the cut-off level out of those with an assessable stool sample.

  • ‡The proportion of persons with CRC out of those with a positive test result.

  • §The proportion of persons with AA out of those with a positive test result.

  • ¶The proportion of persons with any adenoma out of those with a positive test result.

  • **The proportion of persons with CRC out of those who underwent a colonoscopy.

  • ††The proportion of persons with AA out of those who underwent a colonoscopy.

  • ‡‡The proportion of persons with any adenoma out of those who underwent a colonoscopy.

  • §§The proportion of persons with CRC out of those with an assessable stool sample.

  • ¶¶The proportion of persons with AA out of those with an assessable stool sample.

  • ***The proportion of persons with any adenoma out of those with an assessable stool sample.

  • A, adenoma; AA, advanced adenoma; CRC, colorectal cancer; FIT, faecal immunochemical test; NA, not available; PPV, positive predictive value.