Published online Feb 27, 2021. doi: 10.4254/wjh.v13.i2.233
Peer-review started: November 23, 2020
First decision: December 7, 2020
Revised: December 18, 2020
Accepted: December 28, 2020
Article in press: December 28, 2020
Published online: February 27, 2021
Core Tip: Primary care physician knowledge of non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) diagnostics guidelines is key for appropriate patient management. We conducted a national online survey of physicians regarding their awareness of NASH guidelines. Endocrinologists and primary care physicians were significantly less likely than gastroenterologists to understand the differences between NASH and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, as well as undertake diagnostic testing and necessary referrals for NASH. Only 18% of primary care physicians and 30% of endocrinologists were familiar with common indices such as the Fibrosis-4 score. Better education of primary care physicians about NASH could also serve as one way to identify candidates for important NASH clinical trials.