Examining the evidence for the use of probiotics in clinical practice
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Examining the evidence for the use of probiotics in clinical practice

Mary Hickson Therapy research lead, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, Honorary senior lecturer, Imperial College London, London

This article reviews the use of probiotics in clinical practice, including explanations of what they are and how they work. Evidence for the health benefits of consuming probiotic bacteria and yeast are examined in several clinical conditions. The problems associated with making recommendations for the use of probiotics in clinical practice are also discussed.

Nursing Standard. 27, 29,35-41. doi: 10.7748/ns2013.03.27.29.35.e6363

Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review

Received: 09 March 2012

Accepted: 18 May 2012