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Topic Suggestion Description

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Date submitted: October 31, 2013

Briefly describe a specific question, or set of related questions, about a health care test or treatment that this program should consider.
Treatment of Clostridium difficile infection with fecal transplant therapy in light of the many publications on the topic since the most recent report on C diff was published. This is the most famous recent paper:

Article in the news today... There are many like this.

There are many others.


Describe why this topic is important.
People are dying or having their colons surgically removed due to C difficile infections. This is unnecessary because there is an treatment that is underutilized and AHRQ could make this clear in a summary report that would be respected because it came from AHRQ. Much has been published on this topic in the last 2 years and the current AHRQ report is obsolete as far as this aspect of C diff treatment is concerned.

Potential Impact

How will an answer to your research question be used or help inform decisions for you or your group?
Physicians will be encouraged to use this treatment and therefore save people from dying or from experiencing colectomies.

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Please choose a description that best describes your role or perspective: (you may select more than one category if appropriate)
AHRQ staff and patient/consumer (I had a colectomy for another illness in 1999)
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