DOI

https://doi.org/10.33015/dominican.edu/2020.PAS.03

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2020

Class Instructor(s)

Jacob Adkison, MSN, DNP & Charity Keplinger, DHSc, MPAS, PA-C

Abstract

Despite the medical advances that have been made in regards to mental health, psychiatric medications, and alternative therapies, many patients continue to suffer day in and day out, unable to live the type of life they desire. Many times, the medication route includes many episodes of trial and error, side effects, and no significant improvement in actual symptoms. Therapy, although effective, typically necessitates a supplemental medication for the best results. Fecal microbiota transplantation (FMT) is a method where feces from a healthy donor is transferred to an affected patient, typically via colonoscopy. Theoretically, this alters the gut microbiome in a positive way to alleviate symptoms. With the help of three studies, this theory was suggested to improve symptoms. These three studies utilized humans and mice, and each used a unique way to decipher the question if transferring healthy stool to a recipient will positively alter gut microbes and in turn lead to improved mental health symptoms. Although this procedure is considered experimental and more research must be done, FMT for mental health is a massive medical milestone that provides hope for the future.

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