Views and practice of gastroenterologists regarding diet modification in patients with colonic diverticulosis

Nirmal S Mann, Suk Seo

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Abstract

Objective: To ascertain the views and practice of gastroenterologists by a telephone survey or personal interview, regarding the use of high fiber diet and fiber supplementation in patients with colonic diverticulosis. Also to evaluate if there is a difference in this respect between the older and younger gastroenterologists. Methods: Full members of American Gastroenterologic Association and American College of Gastroenterology were contacted by phone or by personal interview to ascertain their views and practice regarding the use of high fiber diet and fiber supplementation in patients with colonic diverticulosis. After the survey was completed, the ages of respondents were obtained from Directory of Licensed Physicians and American Board of Medical Specialists. They were divided into two groups. Group I comprised of respondents who were 49 years or younger in age; Group II consisted of respondents whose age was 50 years or older. The groups were compared using Chi Sq test. Results: There were 107 gastroenterologists in this survey. 67/107 (62.7%) prescribed high fiber diet and 55/107 (51.4%) prescribed fiber supplementation. In Group I there were 43 respondents; 19/43 (44%) prescribed high fiber diet and 16/43 (37.2%) prescribed fiber supplementation. In Group II there were 64 respondents; 53/64 (81.2%) prescribed high fiber diet and 41/64 (64.0%) prescribed fiber supplementation. Conclusions: A majority of gastroenterologists prescribe high fiber diet and fiber supplementation but a significant minority do not. Younger gastroenterologists are less likely to prescribe such dietary modification in patients with colonic diverticulosis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)83-85
Number of pages3
JournalInternational Medical Journal
Volume17
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 2010

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Keywords

  • Colonic diverticulosis
  • Diet modification
  • Gastroenterologists
  • Views and practice

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)

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