GORD tool will assist GPs

A nine-item questionnaire can help GPs identify which patients with GORD are being well controlled, and which need to be managed differently, according to UK research presented at the DDW conference.

Research carried out by Professor Roger Jones, professor of primary care at Guy's and St Thomas' Hospital in London, showed that use of the gastro-oesophageal reflux disease impact scale changes primary care management of GORD in 35 per cent of cases overall and in 46 per cent of newly-diagnosed cases.

Professor Jones said: 'The questionnaire can be given to any patient who presents with symptoms that might be acid related, and specifically to patients who have already been diagnosed with GORD.'

He said the questionnaire could be given to patients in the waiting room to help identify any problems patients might be continuing to experience despite treatment.

'Without a prompt like this it can be difficult to know how well symptoms are being controlled,' he said.

More than three quarters of doctors from nine primary care centres in the US and Europe, who evaluated the impact scale on a total of 205 patients, reported that it was useful.

- GPletters@haynet.com.

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