Diet and lifestyle as trigger factors for the onset of heartburn
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Diet and lifestyle as trigger factors for the onset of heartburn

Katie Oliver Research associate, Institute of Public Health, University of Cambridge, Hull
Gloria Davies Formerly professor of nutrition, London South Bank University, Hull
Peter Dettmar Managing director, Technostics Limited, Hull

Aim To examine prospectively the role of reported trigger factors on symptom onset in patients with heartburn and highlight the role of these factors in the management of heartburn in the primary care setting.

Method Twenty-two patients with heartburn and 50 controls were recruited in Bedfordshire, UK. A seven-day symptom and trigger diary was completed by patients and controls.

Results Patients reported a collection of heartburn symptoms varying in severity and time of day. Aspects of diet and lifestyle perceived as trigger factors included large meals, time of eating and posture. Multiple trigger factors were reported for heartburn.

Conclusion Although symptom onset varies between individuals, consideration should be given to trigger factors in the management of heartburn symptoms.

Nursing Standard. 25, 36, 44-48. doi: 10.7748/ns2011.


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