The Quality of Care for Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease

Rena Yadlapati*, Lara Dakhoul, John E. Pandolfino, Rajesh N. Keswani

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

Improving the quality of healthcare delivery is a cornerstone of modern medical care shared between all stakeholders. However, effectively improving quality requires both an understanding of the tenets of healthcare quality and how they relate to an individual disease process. This is especially important for common diseases, such as gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), where wide variations in practice exist. The high prevalence of GERD coupled with wide variation in clinical approach results in significant economic burden and poor quality of care. Thus, GERD serves as a useful framework to highlight the opportunities and current challenges of delivering high-quality care. In this article, we identify quality metrics in GERD and the areas in need of research to improve the quality of the management of GERD. Additionally, we suggest strategies for improvement as it relates to the proper diagnostic testing utilization and the decision-making process.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)569-576
Number of pages8
JournalDigestive diseases and sciences
Volume62
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1 2017

Keywords

  • Evidence-based medicine
  • GERD
  • Healthcare improvement
  • Quality metrics
  • Quality of care

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physiology
  • Gastroenterology

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