Journal reading

The management of gastro-oesophageal reflux disease

If there are no features of serious disease, suspected gastro-oesophageal reflux disease can be initially managed with a trial of a proton pump inhibitor for 4–8 weeks. This should be taken 30–60 minutes before food for optimal effect.

Charlotte Keung and Geoffrey Hebbard, Aust Prescr 2016:39:6-10

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The management of gastro-oesophageal reflux disease


This activity should take approximately 1 hour to complete. It can be included in a pharmacist’s CPD Plan for either one Group 1 credit or, on successful completion of the assessment activity, two Group 2 credits. Pharmacists should self-record this activity for CPD purposes.

Pharmacy Competency Standards

  • 6.1 Assess primary health care needs
  • 6.2 Deliver primary health care
  • 7.1 Contribute to therapeutic decision making
  • 7.3 Influence patterns of medicine use


This activity has been designed to take around 1 hour to complete - this is based on reading the article from an issue of Australian Prescriber and completing a quiz. You will be provided with immediate feedback on your answers and a certificate of completion will be available for you to download for self-reporting purposes.


Learning objectives

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of the management of gastro-oesophageal reflux disease
  2. Recognise when to refer patient for medical assessment
  3. Identify lifestyle modification strategies for gastro-oesophageal reflux disease