The role of gastroesophageal reflux disease in asthma

Southern Adventist University School of Nursing, Ooltewah, Tennessee
Journal of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (Impact Factor: 1.02). 04/2008; 20(5):238 - 242. DOI: 10.1111/j.1745-7599.2008.00313.x


To emphasize the relationship between gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and asthma symptoms or exacerbations.

Data sources:
Selective review of the scientific literature.

Although studies in recent years have offered insight into the relationship between GERD and asthma symptoms, many nurse practitioners (NPs) fail to recognize atypical GERD symptoms, which may explain difficult-to-treat asthma and exacerbation. It has become evident that patients suffering from persistent asthma display an increased prevalence of GERD.

Implications for practice:
While there are increasing constraints that limit the provider-patient interaction time, it is imperative that NPs develop keen assessment skills to effectively diagnose and treat asthma symptoms that are a product of GERD. Awareness of the asthma-GERD relationship allows NPs to quickly obtain pertinent information and successfully determine how to efficiently treat symptomatic asthmatic patients.

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