Gastro-Oesophageal Reflux

Gastro-Oesophageal Reflux Disease (GORD) accounts for about 5% of all GP consultations in Western countries. Although there is a spectrum of severity of symptoms in severe cases quality of life is affected. Recent research has altered our understanding of the underlying mechanisms involved and hence management.

The European Society for Primary Care Gastroenterology (ESPCG) has devised this programme to improve GPs’ knowledge of the management of this common condition.

This material was developed by ESPCG, in receipt of an unrestricted educational grant from RB.

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This course will:

  1. Introduce Gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GORD), which is a common condition seen in general practice and may significantly impact on quality of life.
  2. Aim to help GPs to improve their knowledge, skills and attitudes in the clinical management of patients suffering from GORD based on recent evidence.
  3. Incorporate the new concepts of the pathophysiology of GORD.
  4. Review the different profiles of GORD patients most frequently seen in primary care and examine management options for these profiles.

Juan Mendive is a Primary Care Physician at the La Mina Centre in Barcelona, Spain. He has extensive experience with GI conditions in primary care settings as well as medical education, and has been a board member of ESPCG since its founding.

Pali Hungin is the Dean of Medicine and Head of the School of Medicine, Pharmacy and Health at Durham University, UK. He has experience of gastroenterology as a GP and previously as a hospital endoscopist. His main interest is in the earlier diagnosis of clinical problems and evidence-based implementation of care, especially in difficult to reach groups of people.

Niek de Wit is Professor in Primary Care at the University Medical Center in Utrecht, the Netherlands, and coordinates the development of academic general practice in Utrecht. His focus in research is on gastrointestinal disease in primary care,with a special interest in functional disease. He is co-author of national and international guidelines on IBS, dyspepsia and colorectal cancer, member of the editorial board of Family practice, of the scientific committee of UEG and of the steering committee of the European Society of Primary Care Gastroenterology (ESPCG).

Roger Jones is the Founding President of the Primary Care Society for Gastroenterology and the European Society for Primary Care Gastroenterology. He was Wolfson Professor and head of general practice and primary care at King’s College London School of Medicine from 1993 – 2010, where he was also Dean for Teaching and Dean for External Affairs, and now holds an emeritus position there.

Richard Stevens has been a GP in Oxford for nearly thirty years, and is currently Editor-in-chief of ESPCG's journal EuroDigest.

This course is not accredited for CME by EACCME.