Updated GERD research reviews and summaries available

Research Activities, November 2011

A new review, Comparative Effectiveness of Management Strategies for Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease: Update, updates the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality's 2005 review that compared the effectiveness of different treatment options for adults with gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). The update finds proton pump inhibitors to be superior to histamine type 2 receptor antagonists for the treatment of chronic GERD. Also, laparoscopic fundoplication appears to be as effective as medication in improving GERD symptoms, but serious adverse effects are more common after surgery. Despite the availability of medical, surgical, and endoscopic options, optimal management strategies remain unsettled. You can read and download the full review update, summaries, and other publications from AHRQ's Effective Health Care Program Web site.
Current as of November 2011
Internet Citation: Updated GERD research reviews and summaries available: Research Activities, November 2011. November 2011. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD. http://www.ahrq.gov/news/newsletters/research-activities/nov11/1111RA25.html