Effectiveness of lifestyle measures in the treatment of gastroesophageal reflux disease - a case series

Nowak, Madeleine, Buttner, Petra, Harrison, Simone, Daniell, Kym, Raasch, Beverley, and Speare, Richard (2006) Effectiveness of lifestyle measures in the treatment of gastroesophageal reflux disease - a case series. Therapeutics and Clinical Risk Management, 2 (3). pp. 329-334.

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Abstract

Aim: To assess the effectiveness of lifestyle measures in the treatment of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) among adults attending a dietetic practice.

Methods: A retrospective case series of adult patients presenting with GERD to a dietetic practice over a three year period. The routine lifestyle counselling for treatment of symptoms of GERD included: not reclining within two to three hours of eating; a diet low in fat; small frequent meals; avoiding dietary components considered to relax the lower esophageal sphincter; and avoiding local irritants.

Results: Twenty three cases were included (12 male). Eighteen, (9 female) were referred by their doctor, 7 (6 female) presented for GERD alone, 7 (4 female) presented for GERD together with comorbidities, and 9 (1 female) incidentally mentioned GERD during a dietary consultation for another disorder. Thirteen participants (9 female) had previously undergone endoscopies, 18 (11 female) were taking medication for GERD, and 19 (7 female) had comorbidities. Twenty two (10 female) reported an improvement in symptoms with 11/18 taking GERD medication at presentation reducing their medication following treatment.

Conclusions: These results suggest that a more thorough investigation of lifestyle modification in the treatment of GERD is warranted.

Item ID: 3864
Item Type: Article (Refereed Research - C1)
Keywords: lifestyle modification; gastro-oesophageal reflux disease; symptom reduction; diet; case series
ISSN: 1176-6336
Date Deposited: 24 Nov 2009 01:12
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1111 Nutrition and Dietetics > 111199 Nutrition and Dietetics not elsewhere classified @ 50%
11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111716 Preventive Medicine @ 50%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9204 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) > 920412 Preventive Medicine @ 51%
92 HEALTH > 9204 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) > 920411 Nutrition @ 49%
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