Behavioral: Questionnaires to evaluate QOL
Questionnaire to evaluate QOL administered preoperatively and postoperatively at set intervals.
Behavioral: Questionnaires to evaluate heartburn and quality of life
Questionnaires to evaluate heartburn and quality of life administered preoperatively and at set intervals postoperatively.
Behavioral: Questionnaire to evaluate satisfaction with treatment
Questionnaire administered postoperatively at set intervals.
Behavioral: Questionnaire to evaluate presence or absence of pain
Questionnaire administered preoperatively and at set intervals postoperatively.
GERD is a significant public health problem and when it is severe it may have a considerable impact on patients' QOL. Relatively new treatments such as proton pump inhibitors (PPI) and laparoscopic fundoplication (wrapping or gathering the stomach around the lower end of the esophagus to reduce or prevent reflux) are now available. Patient derived outcomes such as QOL and satisfaction are rarely taken into consideration when evaluating such new treatments. Outcome analysis of the results of medical and surgical treatments using an ongoing database of patients will enhance our ability to treat patients with GERD.
This study's goal is to build a database to collect the outcome information on patients who are having medical or surgical treatment of GERD. In addition we want to measure standard outcomes such as morbidity, mortality, medication use and patient derived outcomes such as general and disease specific QOL, and patient satisfaction with the treatment. We also want to assess if and how long QOL is improved by medical and surgical treatment methods. In addition we want to see if low QOL scores on medical treatment as well as the standard medical criteria can help to identify which patients may benefit from surgical (an operation) rather than the medical treatment. It is hoped that we can also identify which factors might predict or help to determine which patients will have failure of both medical and surgical treatments of GERD. Using this information we want to identify if a psychological profile done before treatment will influence or predict the outcomes of treatment.