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Knowledge on microbiome and dysbiosis science in medical sciences students

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Al Amri, Aisha (2021). Knowledge on microbiome and dysbiosis science in medical sciences students [Dataset]. Dryad.


Background: The emerging science of the human microbiome examines the microbial composition and diversity of the human body. Concurrent evidence has shown that each body system’s microbiome is unique in nature and that the gut microbiome seems to master the other microbiota that colonise the human body. Disturbance of microbiome diversity has been shown to be associated with a wide spectrum of diseases, such as obesity, diabetes mellitus, asthma, and autism, which highlights beneficial bacteria supplementation as a potential therapeutic measure. Consequently, the current paper examined the knowledge of final-year students and interns in three health track majors.

Methods: A survey comprising 34 questions covering three main topics was designed, validated, and distributed to students to assess knowledge on the human microbiome, dysbiosis, and management of a disordered microbiome.

Result: Overall knowledge of the microbial composition of the human body was adequate in the three tested majors; however, knowledge on dysbiosis and management of impaired microbiome was significantly low.

Conclusion: Knowledge of microbiome-dysbiosis sciences is necessary, and our findings demonstrate the need to address this emerging science as a learning outcome that is implemented in all microbiology courses taught to the three investigated programs.


A set of questions surveyed through QuestionPro.


Imam Abdulrahman Bin Faisal University