Gastroesophageal reflux disease is one of the most common GI complaints that healthcare providers encounter. The backflow of food, liquids and gastric acid from the stomach into the esophagus results in heartburn. Healthcare professionals as a team play an important role in detecting early symptoms of GERD and helping patients manage the disease. Pre-existing conditions that increase the risk of GERD include obesity, smoking and certain medications. With appropriate lifestyle and diet changes, many of the symptoms of GERD can be mitigated. Medications and surgical interventions may be required when lifestyle changes are unsuccessful.
The goal of this continuing education program is to update nurses’ and dietitians’ knowledge of the pathophysiology, diagnosis and treatment of the patient with gastroesophageal reflux disease. After studying the information presented here, you will be able to:
- Identify two common causes of GERD
- Describe four differences in the presentation of GERD in infancy and adulthood
- Discuss four diagnostic tests that detect GERD
- Explain the current evidence-based diet, lifestyle, pharmacologic and surgical interventions for GERD
This course is intended for multiple professions, including nurses and dietitians.
Dietitians: Take this version of the course to ensure you receive appropriate credit.
OnCourse Learning is a Continuing Professional Education (CPE) Accredited Provider (#GD001) with the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR). This course is a Level 2 course. Suggested learning codes: 3000, 4000, 4040, 4120, 4150, 5000, 5220, 5390.
OnCourse Learning is also accredited by the Florida Council of Dietetics and Nutrition (provider # FBN 50-1489).
This program has been approved for fulfilling the continuing education requirements of the Certifying Board for Dietary Managers (CBDM). Granting prior approval does not constitute endorsement of the program content or its program sponsor.
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Unless stated above, the planners and authors of this course have declared no relevant conflicts of interest that relate to this educational activity. OnCourse Learning guarantees this educational activity is free from bias.
Please see CE Course Instructions to learn how to earn CE credit for this module.
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