7 Recommendations for further research
7.1 Further research is needed on the use and clinical utility of faecal calprotectin testing, and support pathways for the long‑term management of these conditions in the community should be developed.
7.2 Further research is needed on the impact of faecal calprotectin testing on clinical decision‑making when added to current practice. This includes research into optimal cut‑off values for tests and the investigation of repeat testing strategies in people with intermediate levels of faecal calprotectin. Development of a consistent definition for the 'intermediate range' is encouraged.
7.3 Robust evidence is needed on the comparative performance of different faecal calprotectin tests, including the performance of POCTs compared with laboratory-based tests.