The Gastrointestinal Society represents patients with gastrointestinal diseases and disorders on a variety of health care fronts. We have designed this survey to help us understand your opinions and outlook regarding the effects that infection with the C. difficile bacterium has on the lives of patients. We will use this information anonymously and in aggregate to shape future programming and to inform community members, health care professionals, and health policy decision-makers.
Clostridium difficile (C. difficile) is a virulent, toxin- and spore-producing pathogen that causes inflammation of the inner lining of the colon, incapacitating diarrhea that frequently requires hospitalization and, in the most serious cases, death. The spore form of the pathogen is resistant to gastric acid, antibacterial soaps, and alcohol-based hand sanitizers, and can survive for months on surfaces. C. diff has been associated with numerous outbreaks across Canada.