Table 2. Knowledge and skills of GPs regarding FI
Knowledgen (%)
GP’s self-rated overall knowledge about FI
 Very poor206 (16.2)
 Poor679 (53.5)
 Reasonable (neither poor nor good)365 (28.7)
 Good17 (1.3)
 Very good3 (0.2)
GP’s estimation of FI prevalence in primary care
 <1%60 (4.8)
 1%–4%457 (36.2)
 5%–9%406 (32.2)
 10%–14%217 (17.2)
 15%–24%100 (7.9)
 ≥25%21 (1.7)
Which investigation(s) GP would arrange to investigate FI
 Faecal occult blood testing556 (43.8)
 Colonoscopy825 (65.0)
 Abdominal X-ray272 (21.4)
 Abdominal ultrasound175 (13.8)
 Endoanal ultrasound283 (22.3)
 Computed Tomography (CT) scan abdomen or pelvis216 (17.0)
 Anal manometry531 (41.8)
 Digital rectal examination1003 (79.0)
Skills
GP’s self-rated overall skills in treating patients with FI
 Very poor141 (11.1)
 Poor713 (56.1)
 Reasonable (neither poor nor good)396 (31.2)
 Good19 (1.5)
 Very good2 (0.2)
GP’s self-rated confidence in initiating lifestyle or conservative measures for patients with FI
 Very poor152 (12.0)
 Poor288 (22.7)
 Reasonable (neither poor nor good)320 (25.2)
 Good408 (32.1)
 Very good102 (8.0)
GP’s self-rated confidence in prescribing medication(s) to treat FI
 Very poor284 (22.3)
 Poor369 (29.0)
 Reasonable (neither poor nor good)324 (25.5)
 Good267 (21.0)
 Very good28 (2.2)
  • Totals for individual items may not equal 1285 owing to missing data. FI = faecal incontinence.