Guidelines on the management of H.pylori in primary care: Development of an implementation strategy

Niek J. De Wit, Juan Mendive, Bohumil Seifert, Fabrizio Cardin, Greg Rubin

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Background. Clinical guideline programmes as being developed in many European countries contribute to quality of care in general practice. The applicability of multicountry guidelines will depend on country-specific circumstances. Implementation programmes are required for optimal compliance with guidelines. Objective. In order to achieve optimal follow-up of the European Society for Primary Care Gastroenterology (ESPCG) Helicobacter pylori guidelines in general practice, we analysed factors that might obstruct compliance at national level, and integrated this in implementation programmes. Method. Discussion groups in eight participating countries reviewed epidemiological characteristics and diagnostic and therapeutic resources that would hinder applicability. The groups also indicated potential constraints to optimal compliance and developed a national implementation programme. Results. Helicobacter pylori infection rates and peptic ulcer incidence vary widely across Europe, as do the availability, access and reimbursement of diagnostic test facilities for H.pylori. Minor adaptation of the ESPCG guidelines is required in some countries. Implementation programmes have been developed and partially carried out in all countries. Conclusion. A pan-European approach to H.pylori guideline development should result in a framework of best practice into which nationally specific details can be incorporated, thus guaranteeing optimal follow-up of the guidelines and true improvement of dyspepsia management in primary care.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)S27-S32
JournalFamily Practice
Issue numberSUPPL. 2
Publication statusPublished - 2000


  • Dyspepsia
  • Guidelines
  • H.pylori
  • Implementation


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