Best practice in symptom assessment: a review

Gut. 2004 May;53 Suppl 4(Suppl 4):iv49-54. doi: 10.1136/gut.2003.034355.


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.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Data Collection / methods
  • Data Collection / standards*
  • Gastroesophageal Reflux / diagnosis*
  • Gastroesophageal Reflux / therapy
  • Humans
  • Medical History Taking
  • Medical Records
  • Professional Practice / standards
  • Surveys and Questionnaires / standards
  • Time Factors