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Best practice in symptom assessment: a review
  1. E McColl
  1. Correspondence to:
    MsE McColl
    National Primary Care Career Scientist, Centre for Health Services Research, School of Population and Health Sciences, University of Newcastle upon Tyne, 21 Claremont Place, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE2 4AA, UK;


Assessment of symptoms is important both in the diagnosis of gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GORD), and in monitoring response to therapeutic interventions. Key quality aims in assessing symptoms are to gather data that are valid, reliable, unbiased, discriminating, and responsive to change. Important considerations include who should assess symptoms, method of data collection, timing of assessment, and methods of assessing multiple symptoms.

  • data collection
  • gastro-oesophageal reflux disease
  • questionnaire
  • symptoms
  • GORD, gastro-oesophageal reflux disease

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