Gastroesophageal reflux disease affects approximately 50 million Americans and some studies estimate the prevalence approaches 20 % of the population in many Western countries. Approximately 50 % of the U.S. population experiences gastroesophageal reflux disease astroesophageal reflux disease-related symptoms once a month, and one in ten Americans experience symptoms of heartburn and bloating every day. This tremendously prevalent condition has had and will continue to have a significant economic impact on the Unites States and other developed Western countries. In view of that, numerous countries expend a considerable amount of resources on direct and indirect costs attributable to the prevention and treatment of reflux disease. Gastroesophageal reflux disease has a substantial impact on clinical and financial welfare since patients suffering from this disorder generally report a diminished health-related quality of life (HRQL), reduced work productivity, and depressed psychological health.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Title of host publication||Principles of Flexible Endoscopy for Surgeons|
|Publisher||Springer New York|
|Number of pages||10|
|ISBN (Print)||1461463297, 9781461463290|
|State||Published - Oct 1 2013|
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