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Recognition and attitudes of Korean physicians toward fecal microbiota transplantation: a survey study

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Author(s)
Tae-Geun GweonYoo Jin LeeSung Kyun YimSeung Yong KimChang Hwan ChoiYoung-Seok Cho
Keimyung Author(s)
Lee, Yoo Jin
Department
Dept. of Internal Medicine (내과학)
Journal Title
Korean J Intern Med
Issued Date
2023
Volume
38
Issue
1
Keyword
Clostridioides difficile infectionFecal microbiota transplantationSurveys and questionnaires
Abstract
Background/aims:
Fecal microbiota transplantation (FMT) represents a treatment option for recurrent Clostridioides difficile infection (CDI). Recently, FMT has been investigated in various clinical settings other than CDI. This study examined Korean physicians' recognition of FMT and their attitudes toward this procedure.

Methods:
An online questionnaire included questions on indications for FMT, the FMT process, physicians' attitudes toward FMT for the treatment of CDI and non-CDI diseases, and possible concerns.

Results:
Finally, 107 physicians responded to this survey: 66 (61.7%) had experience of performing FMT, and 86 (80.4%) replied that they were willing to perform FMT for CDI. Two-thirds of physicians (63.6%, n = 68) would perform FMT for recurrent CDI on patients who had at least three recurrences. The most common obstacle to performing FMT for the treatment of CDI was the lack of regulations or guidelines (55.1%, n = 59). Seventy-seven (72.0%) physicians would consider FMT for non- CDI diseases when conventional treatment had failed. The most common obstacle for FMT for the treatment of non-CDI diseases was low treatment efficacy (57.0%, n = 61).

Conclusion:
Two-thirds of Korean physicians had experience of performing FMT, and many performed FMT for recurrent CDI. The results of this study will prove useful to researchers and practitioners in FMT in Korea.
Keimyung Author(s)(Kor)
이유진
Publisher
School of Medicine (의과대학)
Type
Article
ISSN
2005-6648
Source
https://www.kjim.org/journal/view.php?doi=10.3904/kjim.2022.206
DOI
10.3904/kjim.2022.206
URI
https://kumel.medlib.dsmc.or.kr/handle/2015.oak/44771
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