Informing a patient education programme for GORD: A literature review

Dibley, Lesley, Norton, Christine and Jones, Roger (2009) Informing a patient education programme for GORD: A literature review. Gastrointestinal Nursing, 7 (5). pp. 28-37. ISSN 1042-895X

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Background: Gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GORD) is a common cause of morbidity, affecting 10-20% of adults. The most effective medical treatment is recognized to be with proton pump inhibitors (PPIs), yet a significant proportion of patients experience symptoms despite PPI use. Patients with other chronic symptoms/conditions that affect quality of life have been found to benefit from self-management education programmes, and this approach may benefit patients with GORD; however, at present, no such programme exists. Aim: To review the evidence from existing chronic disease management programmes to determine how these might inform a similar programme for patients with GORD. Results:Patient education programmes are used in a range of chronic illnesses to enable patients to gain personal control and self-efficacy. While there may not always be a statistically significant improvement in symptoms, studies indicate that patients manage their symptoms more effectively leading to a better quality of life, with an enhanced sense of wellbeing and a reduction in healthcare costs. It is proposed that self-management may potentially have an impact for patients with GORD.

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