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World Gastroenterology Organisation Announces the Release of the new Diet and the Gut Guideline

The World Gastroenterology Organisation (WGO) has announced the release of the new Diet and the Gut Guideline.  This new Guideline, chaired by Prof. Govind Makharia of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Gastroenterology & Human Nutrition in New Delhi, India and Prof. Peter Gibson of the Department of Gastroenterology at Monash University and Alfred Health in Melbourne, Australia, is intended for use by health providers, including family-care and primary-care physicians, gastroenterologists, pharmacists, and nutritionists/dietitians around the world.  “The general public -- and in particular those who suffer from gastrointestinal ailments -- rightly perceive their diet as being a major determinant of such symptoms and seek guidance on optimal dietary regimens.” stated Professor Makharia.

Professor Gibson noted, “This Global WGO Guideline includes a set of cascades intended to provide context-sensitive and resource-sensitive options for the dietary approach to gastrointestinal conditions.” Through the WGO cascades, the WGO Guidelines program aims to provide clinical practice recommendations that are useful in many different environments across the world.  With WGO “cascades,” the intention is to recognize differences in disease epidemiology, sociocultural factors, and health-care provision that exist in different parts of the world and the ways in which they preclude, in most instances, the promulgation of a “one size fits all” or a single gold-standard approach.

In addition to Professors Makharia and Gibson, the global Review Team included Julio Bai (Argentina), Sheila Crowe (USA), Tarkan Karakan (Turkey), Yeong Yeh Lee (Malaysia), Lyndal McNamara (Australia), Jane Muir (Australia), Nevin Oruc (Turkey), Eamonn Quigley (USA), David Sanders (UK), Caroline Tuck (Australia), Cihan Yurdaydin (Turkey) and Anton LeMair (Netherlands).  The guideline and can be accessed at http://www.worldgastroenterology.org/guidelines/global-guidelines/diet-and-the-gut.

With this new Guideline WGO now has a library of 25 Global Guidelines and Cascades, which are written from a viewpoint of global applicability. Each Guideline goes through a rigorous process of authoring, editing, and peer review, and is as evidence based as possible. WGO is the only organization whose guidelines have adopted a global focus. Each WGO guideline is available in English, Spanish, Portuguese, French, Mandarin, and Russian, and is updated as new information and evidence is discovered. The Global Guidelines Committee meets each year to discuss updating and creating new guidelines and consists of 30-plus members from around the globe.

ABOUT THE WORLD GASTROENTEROLOGY ORGANISATION

Formed in 1935 and incorporated in 1958, The World Gastroenterology Organisation (WGO) is a federation of 113 member societies and 4 regional associations of gastroenterology representing more than 50,000 individual members worldwide, focusing on the improvement of standards in gastroenterology training and education on a global scale. The WGO Foundation, incorporated in 2007, is dedicated to raising funds to support WGO educational programs and activities. For more information, contact: info@worldgastroenterology.org.

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