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  • Acute gastroenteritis in northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland: a telephone survey

    Published in:

    Commun Dis Public Health, Vol: 7, Page: 61-7

    Publication Date:

    March 2004

    Aims & Objectives:

    The aim of this study was to examine rates of acute gastroenteritis in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland

    Abstract:

    Most people with acute gastroenteritis do not seek medical care and are therefore not captured by routine surveillance. For this reason, population-based studies are needed to measure the burden of illness. A study of acute gastroenteritis in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland surveyed 9,903 people by telephone over the 12-month period from December 2000 to November 2001. The rate of acute gastroenteritis was 0.60 episodes per person per year. A general practitioner was consulted by 29.2% of those reporting illness, and 2.0% submitted a stool sample. The use of antibiotics was reported by 7.4% of ill respondents and 14.8% took anti-diarrhoeals. Taking days off work due to illness, was reported by 17.4% of respondents. Acute gastroenteritis causes a large amount of illness in the community. There are established and effective measures to prevent this condition and the challenge is to find new ways of promoting these precautions.

    Authors:

    E. Scallan; M. Fitzgerald; C. Collins; D. Crowley; L. Daly; M. Devine; D. Igoe; T. Quigley; T. Robinson; B. Smyth

    Study Type:

    Study Papers » Epidemiology - descriptive, incidence, prevalence and/or trends » Descriptive Studies - With a comparative dimension: time, geography, treatment, procedures

    Categories:

    acute gastroenteritis

    International Classification:

    Diseases of the digestive system - acute gastroenteritis

    Keywords:


    Geography:

    Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland (Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland)