Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is a common chronic disorder in industrialized countries. Gastroesophageal reflux disease is one of the most frequent diseases encountered by primary care providers. The primary symptoms of GERD include heartburn, regurgitation, globus sensation, dysphagia, chest pain, and belching. If symptoms are left untreated, a major concern is complications and the potential risk of esophageal adenocarcinoma associated with GERD. With the increasing prevalence and incidence of GERD and the increasing cost of this disease, there is a need for advanced practice registered nurses to understand the nature of GERD including its pathophysiology, signs and symptoms, and treatment options to address the disease.
Jingtao Chen, DNP, NP-C, is Instructor, Morsani College of Medicine, University of South Florida, Tampa.
Patrick Brady, MD, FACG, is Professor, Morsani College of Medicine, University of South Florida, Tampa.
Correspondence to: Jingtao Chen, DNP, NP-C, Morsani College of Medicine, University of South Florida, 13330 USF Laurel Dr, Tampa, FL 33612 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The authors declare no conflicts of interest.
Received July 27, 2016
Accepted January 11, 2017