Ron Bridges's research while affiliated with The University of Calgary and other places

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RN Fedorak, CM Switzer, RJ Bridges. Canadian Digestive Health Foundation Public Impact Series 4: Celiac disease in Canada. Incidence, prevalence, and direct and indirect economic impact. Can J Gastroenterol 2012;26(6):350-352. The Canadian Digestive Health Foundation initiated a scientific program to assess the incidence, prevalence, mortality and...
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The Canadian Digestive Health Foundation initiated a scientific program to assess the incidence, prevalence, mortality and economic impact of digestive disorders across Canada in 2009. The current article presents the updated findings from the study concerning irritable bowel syndrome.
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Introduction: The importance of quality indicators has become increasingly recognized in gastrointestinal endoscopy. Patient safety requires the identification and monitoring of occurrences associated with harm or the potential for harm. The identification of relevant indicators of safety compromise is, therefore, a critical element that is key to...
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Background: Increasing use of gastrointestinal endoscopy, particularly for colorectal cancer screening, and increasing emphasis on health care quality, highlight the need for clearly defined, evidence-based processes to support quality improvement in endoscopy. Objective: To identify processes and indicators of quality and safety relevant to hig...
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The Canadian Digestive Health Foundation initiated a scientific program to assess the incidence, prevalence, mortality and economic impact of digestive disorders across Canada in 2009. The current article presents the updated findings from the study concerning inflammatory bowel diseases - specifically, Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis.
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The Canadian Digestive Health Foundation initiated a scientific program to assess the incidence, prevalence, mortality and economic impact of digestive disorders across Canada. The current article presents the updated findings from the study concerning gastroesophageal reflux disease - a condition that develops when the reflux of stomach contents c...

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... Digestive disorders cost North Americans an estimated $154 billion annually in healthcare costs and lost productivity (Fedorak et al., 2012;Peery et al., 2019). Canada has the highest incidence of digestive diseases in the world, with two-thirds of Canadians suffering from a gastrointestinal condition within a given year (Fedorak et al., 2012). ...
... Intestinal intercellular tight junction proteins include the transmembrane proteins occludin, claudin, junction adhesion molecule, and cytoskeletal proteins ZO-1 and ZO-2. 58 Thus, T2DM is associated with intestinal mucosal barrier injury, increased intestinal permeability, and LPS shifting from the intestinal flora. Via the mediation of TLR4/CD14, macrophages release inflammatory factors that exacerbate IR and diabetes mellitus. ...
... The anesthesia requirements and technical level of painless gastrointestinal endoscopy are also constantly updated and improved [4]. However, because gastrointestinal endoscopy is an intrusive operation, patients often experience various degrees of stress, fear, nausea, increased blood pressure, and pulse speed when undergoing the examination [5]. Some patients even refuse the examination because of fear, leading to delays in diagnosis and treatment. ...
... The following nine (task forces/groups of) societies/organizations quality measures (comprising 15 manuscripts) were included in the final analysis: American Gastroenterological Association (AGA) [17], American College of Gastroenterology and American Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ACG-ASGE) [18][19][20][21][22][23], British Society of Gastroenterology and Association of Upper Gastrointestinal Surgeons of Great Britain and Ireland (BSG-AUGIS) [24], Canadian Association of Gastroenterology (CAG) [25], European Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ESGE) [26,27], Health Programme of the European Union (HPEU) [28], National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable (NCCR) [29], Sociedad Española de Patología Digestiva (SEPD) [30], and the Spanish Society of Gastroenterology and Spanish Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy Working Group (SSG-SSGE) [31]. A total of 183 distinct and an aggregate total of 214 quality measure recommendations were reviewed and included in this study from the 15 manuscripts as reported by the nine task forces/groups of societies/organizations: AGA reported 7, ACG-ASGE reported 36 quality measures, BSG-AUGIS reported 38, CAG reported 23, ESGE reported 44, HPEU reported 29, NCCR reported 4, SEPD reported 13, and SSG-SSGE reported 20 (▶ Table 1) [17][18][19][20][21][22][23][24][25][26][27][28][29][30][31]. ...
... Furthermore, Canada has one of the highest IBD incidence rates among the under 16 age group and this rate increasing, especially among children under 5 years of age [4]. One out of every 150 Canadians is afflicted with IBD [5]. This burden generates a significant economic weight. ...
... A cross-sectional survey-based study in the United States revealed the need for population-specific educa-tional initiatives to improve awareness about the symptoms of GERD in populations with different cultural backgrounds [32]. Moreover, other studies were undertaken in industrialized nations, including Sweden, Canada, Switzerland, Norway, and the United Kingdom, to describe epidemiology, prevalence, risk factors, and the effect of public awareness of GERD and related lifestyle changes, these studies reported increasing rate of recently diagonosed patients with GERD year by year resulting in considerable burdens and costs [21,33,34]. ...
... This finding was expected because physicians in NH settings practice in a less restricted fashion than they do in hospitals. In fact, in most NH facilities, endoscopists may need to perform more colonoscopies to meet the financial requirements of their business plan (ie, their billings may be used to underwrite costs of operating the facility [9]). In addition, surgeons were nearly four times more likely, and other practitioners six times more likely, than gastroenterologists to perform colonoscopy in NH facilities. ...