Healthy Living

When it Comes to Crohn's, a Fecal Transplant Can Save Lives

Many people said they'd donate for financial compensation

Researchers at the University of Alberta recruited 802 individuals from the United States, Canada, and England. The participants were asked to complete a 32-question online survey relating to stool donation and what would motivate them to become stool donors. 42% of the participants stressed a desire to help others as their main reason to donate, while 35% stressed economic compensation as an additional motivator factor. Furthermore, the participants were more likely to donate if they knew how the stool donations helped the patients, if they were already blood donors, and if they had an optimistic attitude toward fecal transplants.

In terms of demotivating factors, research showed them to be unpleasantness of collecting and transporting the fecal matter, logistics, and time commitment. “While the concept of stool donation may seem strange, it’s important to remember that is has the potential to save someone’s life,” said McSweeney, lead author of the study.