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Table 1 Clinical data that should be relayed to the specialist.

From: Implementing referral guidelines: lessons from a negative outcome cluster randomised factorial trial in general practice

Duration of symptoms
History of change in bowel habit
History of rectal bleeding
History of tenesmus
History of passing mucous per rectum
History of abdominal pain
History of weight loss or patient's weight.
History of peri-anal symptoms e.g. itch or pain
Rectal mass or results of rectal examination
Abdominal mass or results of abdominal examination
Iron deficiency anaemia or results of full blood count
History of inflammatory bowel disease
Relevant family history
History of lower bowel investigations or existing colorectal conditions
General practitioner's opinion as to likely diagnosis