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Evaluation Study of a Management Strategy for Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)

This study has been completed.
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First received: February 11, 2009
Last updated: December 22, 2009
Last verified: December 2009

The aim of this project is to compare the GERD clinical outcomes in patients where a structured pathway using the GerdQ questionnaire is implemented compared with the clinical outcomes of those treated without this implementation.

This is a European project with 5 participating countries (Austria, Italy, Norway, Spain and Sweden). Due to different characteristics regarding the actual management of this disease in the 5 countries, each country had the flexibility to introduce design differences and changes in the study protocol.


Study Type: Observational
Study Design: Observational Model: Cohort
Time Perspective: Prospective
Official Title: Evaluation Study of a Management Strategy for Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)

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Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Control of symptoms based on results of GerdQ, need of treatment change and % of patients requiring referral to a specialist (Austria and Italy). [ Time Frame: up to 8 weeks ]
  • Treatment response and symptomatic control (Norway) [ Time Frame: up to 8 weeks ]
  • Symptom relief and patient satisfaction with treatment (Spain) [ Time Frame: up to 8 weeks ]
  • Symptom relief measured by RDQ (Sweden) [ Time Frame: 5 months +/- 4 weeks ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Use and consumption of healthcare resources (all countries). Physicians adherence to the clinical pathway (Austria, Spain) and intrinsic characteristics of the physicians/PCC that may affect this adherence (Austria) [ Time Frame: Up to 8 weeks, except for Sweden: 5 months +/- 4 weeks ]
  • Percentage of patients referred to specialists (Spain). Health status based on EQ-5D measure (Norway, Sweden). Work productivity based on the WPAI-GERD questionnaire (Norway, Sweden) [ Time Frame: Up to 8 weeks, except for Sweden: 5 months +/- 4 weeks ]
  • Sweden: Persisting symptoms according to GerdQ, Treatment changes, Reason(s) for the patient consultation at visit 1. To explore other GERD related symptoms, To describe patients' experience of treatment/care given during the study. [ Time Frame: 5 months +/- 4 weeks ]

Estimated Enrollment: 2370
Study Start Date: January 2009
Study Completion Date: December 2009
Patients with symptoms suggestive of GERD, managed according to a new structured and implemented pathway
Patients with symptoms suggestive of GERD, managed according to usual clinical practice.

Detailed Description:

In Norway, it is developed as a clinical trial where a new structured pathway in the diagnosis and treatment of GERD is compared to the ordinary clinical pathway consisting of the endoscopic/pH-metry approach in patients referred from primary care to GI specialists.

In Italy, it is a PCP-level, cluster randomized, controlled trial comparing a structured clinical pathway versus usual care in patients with GERD. The implementation consists of training sessions on the clinical pathway with the selected PCPs (Implementation Group).

In Sweden, it is a cluster-randomised interventional study performed within daily clinical practice for the purpose of assessing the effect of the implementation of the structured clinical pathway in patients identified as having GERD. The participating PCCs will be randomised (1:1) to implement the structured clinical pathway or handling the patients according to local clinical routines.

In Austria and Spain, it is a cluster-randomized study to be developed within daily clinical practice for the purpose of assessing the effect of the implementation of the structured clinical pathway on GERD patients . The evaluation study will take place subsequent to a prior implementation of a clinical pathway. The implementation consists of a detailed explanation by training-materials about the clinical pathway in a selected randomized pool of PCCs. The implementation that will be evaluated is outside of the study procedures; it is the physician's decision whether to apply it or not.


Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
Sampling Method:   Probability Sample
Study Population
Patients with symptoms suggestive of GERD.

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Patients presenting with symptoms suggestive of GERD (heartburn or regurgitation as prevailing symptoms) of any severity
  • Patient able to understand and complete the questionnaires

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Alarm symptoms (Dysphagia/odynophagia, anorexia, anaemia, unintentional weight loss, abdominal mass, upper GI bleeding)
  • If the patient is participating in any clinical trial, he/she cannot take part on this study
  • Any condition that, in the investigator's opinion, makes the patient's participation in the study difficult
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00842387

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Sponsors and Collaborators
Study Director: Mónica Tafalla, MD Medical DepartmentAstraZeneca Spain
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Publications automatically indexed to this study by Identifier (NCT Number):
Responsible Party: Dr Rick Lones, European Medical Affairs Director, AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals Identifier: NCT00842387     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: NIS-GEU-DUM-2008/1
Study First Received: February 11, 2009
Last Updated: December 22, 2009

Keywords provided by AstraZeneca:
gastroesophageal reflux disease
reflux, heartburn
acid control
primary care

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Gastroesophageal Reflux
Esophageal Motility Disorders
Deglutition Disorders
Esophageal Diseases
Gastrointestinal Diseases
Digestive System Diseases
Signs and Symptoms, Digestive
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