Table 1

Symptom scoring used to assess the severity of reflux symptoms

Heartburn severity visual analogue scale0=no discomfort
10=incapacitating pain
Heartburn frequency0=none
1=occasional (<3/week) brief episodes controlled by antacids
2=frequent (3–5/week)
3=daily (6–7/week)
Regurgitation symptom score0=none
1=mild, occasional episodes, mostly postprandial and not predictable
2=moderate (3–5/week), frequent episodes, predictable by posture
3=severe (6–7/week), episodes interfering with work and social activities