Observational Study
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World J Gastroenterol. Jan 14, 2015; 21(2): 637-643
Published online Jan 14, 2015. doi: 10.3748/wjg.v21.i2.637
Performance of American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy guidelines for dyspepsia in Saudi population: Prospective observational study
Nahla A Azzam, Majid A Almadi, Hessah Hamad Alamar, Lamis Atyah Almalki, Rehab Nawaf Alrashedi, Rawabi Saleh Alghamdi, Waleed Al-hamoudi
Nahla A Azzam, Majid A Almadi, Hessah Hamad Alamar, Lamis Atyah Almalki, Rehab Nawaf Alrashedi, Rawabi Saleh Alghamdi, Waleed Al-hamoudi, Division of Gastroenterology, King Khalid University Hospital, King Saud University, Riyadh 11461, Saudi Arabia
Majid A Almadi, Division of Gastroenterology, The McGill University Health Center, Montreal General Hospital, McGill University, Montreal H3A0G4, Canada
Waleed Al-hamoudi, Division of liver transplant, King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Center, Riyadh 11461, Saudi Arabia
Author contributions: Azzam NA and Al-hamoudi W carried our majority of study; Almadi MA carried out the analysis and involved in editing the manuscript; Almalki LA, Alrashedi RN, Alghamdi RS and Alamar HH were involved in the study design and editing the manuscript.
Supported by The Deanship of Scientific Research at King Saud University for funding this Research group number ​RGP​​-VPP-279.
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Correspondence to: Dr. Waleed Al-hamoudi, Division of Gastroenterology, King Khalid University Hospital, King Saud University, PO Box 2925(59), Riyadh 11461, Saudi Arabia. walhamoudi@gmail.com
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Received: May 12, 2014
Peer-review started: May 13, 2014
First decision: June 10, 2014
Revised: July 7, 2014
Accepted: August 28, 2014
Article in press: August 28, 2014
Published online: January 14, 2015
Core Tip

Core tip: A prospective study looking at the practice of primary care physicians in referring dyspeptic patients for endoscopy in Saudi Arabia, such study is the first prospective study to evaluate such practice in high Helicobacter pylori endemic area and the adherence of general practitioners to the international guidelines for a common gastroenterology disorder, and this will shed light on the approach for such disease.