2012-12-11 18:08:39 UTC

Best Practice Advice for Upper Endoscopy Guidelines for GERD

Dec. 13, 2012

In a study appearing in the Annals of Internal Medicine, Shaheen et al. highlighted how clinicians can increase the delivery of high-value health care.

Upper endoscopy is commonly used in the diagnosis and management of GERD. Evidence demonstrates that it is indicated only in certain situations, and inappropriate use generates unnecessary costs and exposes patients to harm without improving outcomes. In a study appearing in the Annals of Internal Medicine, Shaheen et al. highlighted how clinicians can increase the delivery of high-value health care. The Clinical Guidelines Committee of the American College of Physicians reviewed evidence regarding the indications for, and yield of, upper endoscopy in the setting of GERD to highlight how clinicians can increase delivery of high-value care. This article reviews their best practice advice.

Annals of Internal Medicine 2012: 157(11): 808-816

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