Patient organisation comments
The patient organisation Action Against Heartburn commented that reflux is a very common complaint, but when it is persistent and longstanding there should be careful investigation to find the underlying causes. This is especially important for conditions such as Barrett's oesophagus, which can develop into oesophageal adenocarcinoma. The organisation stated that there is concern about the long-term effects of PPI medication on some people, despite their short-term effectiveness, and also concern about patients for whom PPI medication does not resolve symptoms. People would benefit from devices to help with GORD being available, provided they are safe, comfortable and effective.