Table 1

Semi-structured interview schedule
Patient’s current experience of CRC screening - FOBT
What are your current feelings about FOBT screening for colon cancer? What do you know about FOBT screening and what do you feel are the most important points to know about?
What do you feel are the Pros and Cons of FOBT screening? What do you feel are the important male – female differences in FOBT screening?
What do you see as the advantages of getting FOBT screening over not getting FOBT screening? How do you feel you approach FOBT screening differently than a (male, female – whichever is the opposite sex)?
What do you see as the advantages of not getting FOBT screening over getting FOBT screening? What do you feel are important points about FOBT screening that we may not have yet covered?
Patient’s current experience of CRC screening - flexible sigmoidoscopy
What are your current feelings about Flexible Sigmoidoscopy (FS) screening for colon cancer? What do you know about FS screening and what do you feel are the most important points to know about?
What do you feel are the Pros and Cons of FS screening? What do you feel are the important male – female differences in FS screening?
What do you see as the advantages of getting screened with FS screening over not getting screened with FS screening? How do you feel you approach FS screening differently than a (male, female – whichever is identified as the opposite sex)?
What do you see as the advantages of not getting screened with FS screening over getting screened with FS screening? What do you feel are important points about FS screening that we may not have yet covered?
Patient’s current experience of CRC screening - colonoscopy
What are your current feelings about Colonoscopy screening for colon cancer? What do you know about Colonoscopy screening and what do you feel are the most important points to know about?
What do you feel are the Pros and Cons of Colonoscopy screening? What do you feel are the important male – female differences in Colonoscopy screening? How do you feel you approach Colonoscopy screening differently than a (male, female – whichever is identified as the opposite sex)?
What do you see as the advantages of getting screened with Colonoscopy screening over not getting screened with Colonoscopy screening? What do you feel are important points about Colonoscopy screening that we may not have yet covered?
What do you see as the advantages of not getting screened with Colonoscopy screening over getting screened with Colonoscopy screening?
Patient’s experience of key barriers to CRC screening adherence
What do you see as the major barriers for you in approaching FOBT screening? What do you see as the major barriers for you, if you choose to obtain Flexible Sigmoidoscopy screening, in sustaining annual or biennial Flexible Sigmoidoscopy screening?
What do you see as the major barriers for you in obtaining enough knowledge about FOBT? What do you feel are important points about major barriers in approaching Flexible Sigmoidoscopy that we may not have yet covered?
What do you see as the major barriers for you, if you choose to obtain FOBT screening, in sustaining annual or biennial FOBT screening? What do you see as the major barriers for you in approaching Colonoscopy?
What do you feel are important points about major barriers in approaching FOBT that we may not have yet covered? What do you see as the major barriers for you in obtaining enough knowledge about Colonoscopy?
What do you see as the major barriers for you in approaching Flexible Sigmoidoscopy? What do you see as the major barriers for you, if you choose to obtain Colonoscopy screening, in sustaining annual or biennial Colonoscopy screening?
What do you see as the major barriers for you in obtaining enough knowledge about Flexible Sigmoidoscopy? What do you feel are important points about major barriers in approaching Colonoscopy that we may not have yet covered?
Patient’s experience of key factors predicting CRC screening adherence
What do you think and feel about the ‘effectiveness’ of FOBT? How well do you feel FOBT screening can accurately tell whether you or anyone else has colorectal cancer ? What do you think and feel about how susceptible you feel you are to ‘getting’ colorectal cancer? In other words, how likely do you feel you are to get colorectal cancer in your lifetime? Why do you feel you are as susceptible to colorectal cancer as you have indicated you are?
What do you think and feel about the ‘effectiveness’ of Flexible Sigmoidoscopy? How well do you feel Flexible Sigmoidoscopy screening can accurately tell whether you or anyone else has colorectal cancer ? Who do you feel influences you in terms of colorectal cancer screening? Can you talk about the influences of your family doctor, your spouse and/or members of your family? How active are these people in supporting you in obtaining colorectal screening? Do they ever oppose your getting screened? Does their support of you sometimes vary in relation to their moods or in relation to changes in your relationship with them?
What do you think and feel about the ‘effectiveness’ of Colonoscopy? How well do you feel it can accurately tell whether you or anyone else has colorectal cancer or growths called polyps that can develop into colorectal cancer? How do you see how your personal intentions influence your attitudes and actions as far as colorectal screening is concerned? How have you thought about either FOBT or Flexible Sigmoidoscopy or colonoscopy that has influenced your decision-making or your intentions to ‘get screened’?
Patient’s experience of gender – differences and specificities in CRC screening
From what you understand, do you feel there are male – female differences in approaching FOBT screening? What do you feel are special (male or female, vary according to the gender opposite to that of the interviewee) issues in approaching Flexible Sigmoidoscopy screening?
What do you feel are special (male or female, vary according to gender of interviewee) issues in approaching FOBT screening? What do you feel are common issues (for males and females) in approaching Flexible Sigmoidoscopy screening?
What do you feel are special (male or female, vary according to the gender opposite to that of the interviewee) issues in approaching FOBT? Are there any additional points that we have not covered as far as gender differences are concerned, in approaching Flexible Sigmoidoscopy screening?
What do you feel are common issues (for males and females) in approaching FOBT? From what you understand, do feel there are male – female differences in approaching Colonoscopy screening?
Are there any additional points that we have not covered as far as gender differences are concerned, in approaching FOBT? What do you feel are special (male or female, vary according to gender of interviewee) issues in approaching Colonoscopy screening?
From what you understand, do feel there are male – female differences in approaching Flexible Sigmoidoscopy screening? What do you feel are special (male or female, vary according to the gender opposite to that of the interviewee) issues in approaching Colonoscopy screening?
What do you feel are special (male or female, vary according to gender of interviewee) issues in approaching Flexible Sigmoidoscopy screening? What do you feel are common issues (for males and females) in approaching Colonoscopy screening?
Are there any additional points that we have not covered as far as gender differences are concerned, in approaching Colonoscopy screening?
Patient’s experience of pain and anxiety reponses to CRC screening
How likely do you feel you are to experience pain and discomfort in association with getting an FOBT screening? How likely are you to face true dangers in relation to Flexible Sigmoidoscopy?
How likely do you feel you are to experience anxieties in relation to an FOBT screening? How much do you feel these experiences of pain, discomfort, anxiety and/or danger will affect your decision to get Flexible Sigmoidoscopy in the future?
How likely are you to face true dangers in relation to FOBT screening? How likely do you feel you are to experience pain and discomfort in association with colonoscopy? Why do you feel the way you do? On what experience (your experience or the experiences of others) do you base your feelings? How likely do you feel you are to experience anxieties in relation to colonoscopy?
How much do you feel these experiences of pain, discomfort, anxiety and/or danger will affect your decision to get FOBT in the future? How likely are you to face true dangers in relation to colonoscopy?
How likely do you feel you are to experience pain and discomfort in association with Flexible Sigmoidoscopy? How much do you feel these experiences of pain, discomfort, anxiety and/or danger will affect your decision to get a colonoscopy in the future?
How likely do you feel you are to experience anxieties in relation to Flexible Sigmoidoscopy? Are there any further experiences you have had or expect to have with respect to pain and anxiety in relation to any form of colorectal cancer screening that you have not talked about?
Patient’s experience of personal decision-making in CRC screening
How do you go about making decisions to undergo or not undergo FOBT screening? What about the emotions that you find you experience when you are engaged in decision-making about Flexible Sigmoidoscopy screening? Can you describe them and how they affect you?
How do you go about thinking through your decision? If you find yourself putting off or delaying Flexible Sigmoidoscopy screening, what is that experience like for you?
What about the emotions you find you experience when you are engaged in decision-making about FOBT screening? Can you describe them and how they affect you? How do you go about making decisions to undergo or not undergo Colonoscopy screening?
If you find yourself putting off or delaying FOBT screening, or thinking about FOBT screening, what is that experience like for you? How do you go about thinking through your decision?
How do you go about making decisions to undergo or not undergo Flexible Sigmoidoscopy screening? What about the emotions that you find you experience when you are engaged in decision-making about Colonoscopy screening? Can you describe them and how they affect you?
How do you go about thinking through your decision? If you find yourself putting off or delaying Colonoscopy screening, what is that experience like for you?
Patient’s experience of personal decision-making in other health and screening behaviours
How do you go about making decisions to engage or to not engage in other health enhancing or health screening activities? How do other screening or health enhancing activities influence your approach to FOBT screening?
How do you go about thinking through your decisions to engage or to not engage in other health enhancing or health screening activities? How do other screening or health enhancing activities influence your approach to Flexible Sigmoidoscopy screening?
What about the emotions that you find are involved when you are engaged in decision-making about other health enhancing or health screening activities? Can you describe them and how they affect you? How do other screening or health enhancing activities influence your approach to Colonoscopy screening?
If you find yourself putting off or delaying other health enhancing or health screening activities, what is that experience like for you? Are there any points about other screening or health enhancing activities influence your approach to FOBT or Flexible Sigmoidoscopy or Colonoscopy screening?

Ritvo et al.

Ritvo et al. BMC Public Health 2013 13:500   doi:10.1186/1471-2458-13-500

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