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Table 4 Self-reported practices of primary-care physicians in the management of gastroesophageal reflux disease in adults (N = 168)

From: Physicians’ adherence to management guidelines for H. pylori infection and gastroesophageal reflux disease: a cross-sectional study

(percent) *
I recommend performing barium radiographs as part of GERD work-up10 (6%)5%
If complaints of chest pain exist, I refer to cardiologic work-up before the diagnosis of GERD138 (82%)82%
I recommend empiric treatment with PPIs for patients with typical symptoms of uncomplicated GERD165 (98%)99%
I recommend continuing therapy with PPIs for patients with persistent symptoms after discontinuation of initial treatment134 (80%)83%
I recommend changes in diet and reducing products that might increase symptoms of GERD such as caffeine, chocolate and fried food157 (94%)94%
I recommend sleeping with the head of the bed elevated for patients with GERD139 (83%)84%
For patients with obesity and with non-complicated GERD, I recommend weight loss159 (95%)94%
  1. * Physicians who answered “always” or “usually” out of 168 responders to this part
  2. ** Inverse probability weighting
  3. PPIs: proton pump inhibitors; GERD: gastroesophageal reflux disease