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World J Gastroenterol. 2011 Mar 14;17(10):1332-5. doi: 10.3748/wjg.v17.i10.1332.

Gastroesophageal reflux disease symptoms: prevalence, sociodemographics and treatment patterns in the adult Israeli population.

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Department of Gastroenterology, Tel-Aviv Sourasky Medical Center Tel-Aviv University, Tel-Aviv, Israel. moshkov7@gmail.com

Abstract

AIM:

To evaluate the prevalence and sociodemographics of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) symptoms and to identify treatment patterns among GERD patients.

METHODS:

A telephone survey of a representative sample of the adult Israeli population was conducted. The questionnaire included detailed sociodemographics, history of GERD symptoms and the various treatments used.

RESULTS:

The survey included 2027 subjects. Twice weekly, once weekly and monthly GERD symptoms were reported by 8.4%, 12.5% and 21.5% of subjects, respectively. There was no difference in prevalence between men and woman; however, GERD symptoms were significantly more prevalent within the older age group and lower socioeconomic status. Among those reporting weekly symptoms, a quarter did not use any kind of therapy and another quarter used various traditional remedies (e.g. soda, milk, almonds, etc.). Antacids were used by 35.1%, H(2) blockers by 13.2% and PPIs by 17.5%.

CONCLUSION:

We found that 12.5% of the adult Israeli population experience weekly GERD symptoms. GERD prevalence and sociodemographics are similar to those described in other Western countries, and treatment is still suboptimal.

KEYWORDS:

Gastroesophageal reflux disease; Prevalence; Sociodemographics

PMID:
21455333
PMCID:
PMC3068269
DOI:
10.3748/wjg.v17.i10.1332
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