Views and practice of gastroenterologists regarding life-style changes in patients with gastroesophageal reflux disease

Nirmal S Mann, Suk Seo

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Abstract

Objective: To ascertain the views and practice of gastroenterologists, by a telephone survey, regarding the role of life-style changes (LSC) in the management of gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GERD). Also to evaluate if there is a difference in this respect between the older and younger gastroenterologists. Methods: Full members of American Gastroenterolgic Association and American College of Gastroenterology were contacted by telephone to ascertain their views and practice regarding LSC in GERD patients. After the survey was completed, the ages of respondents were obtained from Directory of Licensed Physicians and American Board of Medical Specialists' Directory. They were divided into two groups. Group I comprised of respondents whose age was 49 years or younger; Group II comprised of respondents whose age was 50 years or older. The groups were compared using Chi Square test. Results: There were 103 gastroenterologists in the survey. 56/103 (54.3%) prescribed LSC for GERD patients. In Group I, there were 41 respondents, only 31.7% prescribed LSC. There were 62 respondents in Group II; 69.3% prescribed LSC. Conclusions: A majority of gastroenterologists still prescribe LSC for GERD patients but a significant minority do not. Younger gastroenterologists are less likely to prescribe LSC for GERD patients.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)349-352
Number of pages4
JournalInternational Medical Journal
Volume15
Issue number5
StatePublished - Dec 2008

Keywords

  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease
  • Life-style changes
  • Older gastroenterologists
  • Telephone survey
  • Younger gastroenterologists

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)

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