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Low Awareness but Positive Attitudes Toward Fecal Transplantation in Ontario Physicians
BACKGROUND: Despite mounting evidence supporting fecal transplantation (FT) as a treatment for recurrent Clostridium difficile infection (CDI), adoption into clinical practice has been slow.OBJECTIVE: To determine the health literacy and attitudes of academic physicians in Toronto and infectious disease physicians in Ontario toward FT as a treatment for recurrent CDI, and to determine whether these are significant barriers to adoption.METHODS: Surveys were distributed to 253 general internists, infectious diseases specialists, gastroenterologists and family physicians.RESULTS: The response rate was 15%. More than 60% of physicians described themselves as being ‘not at all’ or ‘somewhat’ familiar with FT. Of the 76% of physicians who had never referred a patient for FT, the most common reason (50%) was lack of awareness of where to access the treatment. The ‘ick factor’ accounted for only 13% of reasons for not referring. No respondent believed that the procedure was too risky to consider.CONCLUSION: Despite general poor health literacy on FT, most physicians sampled share similar positive attitudes toward the treatment.
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