C. diff Survey Results: Published Research

Between the spring and autumn of 2016, the GI Society hosted a survey on our English and French websites to help understand how CDI affects people. Thank you to everyone who shared your experiences with us by participating in this survey. Your opinions are very important to us and they help shape our advocacy. We have now published the results of this survey in the journal, Patient Preference and Adherence. You can view the article for free on our website or at DovePress.com.

Clostridioides difficile infection (previously named Clostridium difficile infection) occurs when the C. diff  bacterium grows out of control in the digestive tract. CDI is the most common cause of infectious diarrhea in hospitals and long-term care facilities. Many people develop CDI after spending time in the hospital for another condition. Because these individuals are already ill when they develop CDI, it can lead to devastating symptoms and, in very serious cases, can even result in death.

The survey focused on the patient perspective of developing CDI, including the physical effects of CDI as well as experiences with the Canadian healthcare system. This research is the first Canadian report that focuses on the patient experience of CDI.

To learn more about CDI, read about the causes and symptoms or watch our video.