Dysbiosis can have a profound effect on the health of the individual and is considered to be a contributing factor to many health problems such as Inflammatory Bowel Disease and Clostridium difficile infection. Faecal Microbiota Transplantation (FMT) is potentially a safe method of renewing the ecology and correcting the dysbiosis, so alleviating the associated conditions. This study aims to identify any barriers to the acceptability of FMT in colitis patients and whether these barriers can be overcome through education. Methods: An unsolicited online survey distributed via Crohn’s and Colitis (CCUK) to approximately 900 members suffering from colitis. Results: 224 responses were received, a response rate of 25%. 36.2% (n = 81) of respondents were male. The age range of participants was 19–81 years (mean 45.1). After the demographic and medical status questions, participants were asked “Does FMT sound acceptable to you?” Out of the respondents that answered this question only 37.1% (n = 78, 43.2% of these being male) agreed with this statement, with the remainder answering no (n = 40) or unsure (n = 92). After various questions and explanations examining the process of FMT, individuals were asked this question again with 53.6% (n = 105, 59.7% of these being male) stating that this procedure was now acceptable (p < 0.001). Conclusion: The acceptability of FMT was found to be low but can be improved with the provision of information.
- Centre for Surgical Research
- faecal microbiota transplantation
- inflammatory bowel disease