Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is one of the most common diseases presently seen in American clinical practice. The vast majority of research in this country for GERD has evaluated non-Hispanic whites or a multiethnic group with obvious biases. Minimal information exists regarding GERD in the minority groups (African, Asian, Hispanic and Native Americans) of the nation. Available data indicates the following: African Americans have a decreased prevalence of GERD and Barrett's esophagus and Hispanic Americans have a similar prevalence of Barrett's esophagus as in non-Hispanic whites. No data exists for GERD in either Asian or Native Americans. Further investigation regarding the prevalence, severity, esophageal function/dysfunction, clinical presentation and treatment outcome of GERD in minority groups needs to be performed in order to provide the maximum benefit for all Americans with this disease.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||11|
|State||Published - Jan 1 2002|
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