Gastro-oesophageal reflux (GOR) disease is a widespread disease in the general population. Its determines huge costs of the healthcare system. It is therefore important to develop guidelines in order to optimise the diagnostic and therapeutic management of these patients. The guidelines presented here are aimed at both healthcare workers (general practitioners and specialists) and at national organisations responsible for the process of control and standardisation of the provision of healthcare services. The methodology used was as follows. The italians scientifics societes devoted to gastrointestinal diseases (AIGO-SIED-SIGE) have assigned three experts the task of drawing up a document containing the current guidelines for the diagnostic and therapeutic management of the patients with GOR disease. The procedure chosen was to identify a series of critical issues, i.e. key areas where the physician is called upon to make a choice which may have consequences not only from the strictly medical point of view but also in terms of the cost- benefit ratio and healthcare economics. The guidelines were drawn up on 15 items thus identified within four areas, i.e. diagnosis, short and long-term treatment and Barrett's oesophagus. They were discussed with group of eight others experts, chosen by the scientific committee of the three above mentioned societies, according to the consensus conference formula and then finalized.
|Translated title of the contribution||Guidelines for the diagnostic and therapeutic management of patients with gastro-oesophageal reflux disease|
|Number of pages||8|
|Journal||Giornale Italiano di Endoscopia Digestiva|
|Publication status||Published - 1998|
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