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WGO Practice Guideline - Coping with Common GI Symptoms in the Community

Title: Coping with Common GI Symptoms in the Community - May 2013


This guideline on the 2012 World Digestive Health Day (WDHD) theme is the first to take four key gastrointestinal (GI) symptoms as its starting-point: heartburn, abdominal pain/discomfort, bloating, and constipation. It is also unique in featuring four levels of care in a cascade approach: self-care and “over-the-counter” aids; the pharmacist’s view; the perspective of the primary care doctor—where symptoms play a primary role in patient presentation; and the specialist. The aim is to provide another unique and globally useful guideline that helps in the management of common, troubling but not disabling GI complaints. A team of gastrointestinal and primary care experts, as well as the International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP), were involved in the creation of the guideline.

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Review team

  • Richard Hunt (Co-Chair, Canada/UK)
  • Eamonn Quigley (Co-Chair, USA)
  • Zaigham Abbas (Pakistan)
  • Luc Besançon (France)
  • Abraham Eliakim (Israel)
  • Anton Emmanuel (UK)
  • Khean-Lee Goh (Malaysia)
  • John Horn (USA)
  • Pali Hungin (UK)
  • John Joanson (USA)
  • Roger Jones (UK)
  • Peter Katelaris (Australia)
  • Edith Ndjeuda (France)
  • Andre Smout (Netherlands)
  • Roque Saenz (Chile)
  • Mohammad Umar (Pakistan)
  • Peter Whorwell (UK)
  • Anton LeMair (Netherlands)
  • Justus Krabshuis (France)


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