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Table 1 The Proportions of GPs who would test patients for H. pylori infection in various clinical situations and those who would offer treatment based on a positive test (n = 92)

From: Survey of general practitioners' knowledge about Helicobacter pylori infection

  Would you offer testing for H. pylori infection Would you treat H. pylori infection based on a positive test result Current recommendation
Clinical presentation n % n % Test Treat
Peptic ulcer 73 79.3 74 80.4 yes yes
New diagnosis of duodenal ulcer 67 72.8 73 79.3 yes yes
Past history of duodenal ulcer 47 51.1 59 64.1 yes yes
Asymptomatic; spouse has H. pylori infection 59 64.1 29 31.5 no no
GERD* 38 41.3 50 54.3 no no
Gastric cancer 30 32.6 19 20.7 no no
Patient on long term PPI** treatment 43 46.7 29 31.5 no no
  1. *GERD = Gastroesophageal reflux disease
  2. ** PPI = proton pump inhibitor