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Canadian Journal of Gastroenterology
Volume 24, Issue 7, Pages 431-434
Original Article

Canadian Digestive Health Foundation Public Impact Series: Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease in Canada: Incidence, Prevalence, and Direct and Indirect Economic Impact

Richard N Fedorak,1 Sander Veldhuyzen van Zanten,1 and Ron Bridges2

1Division of Gastroenterology, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada
2Division of Gastroenterology, University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Received 21 May 2010; Accepted 24 May 2010

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The Canadian Digestive Health Foundation initiated a scientific program to assess the incidence, prevalence, mortality and economic impact of digestive disorders across Canada. The current article presents the updated findings from the study concerning gastroesophageal reflux disease – a condition that develops when the reflux of stomach contents causes troublesome symptoms and/or complications (Montreal definition).