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Treatment of acute gastroenteritis in Austria. Results on the basis of a europewide comparison in an ESPGHAN multicenter study

Hauer, A. C.; Hoekstra, J. H.; Sandhu, Bhupinder; Szajewska, H.

Authors

A. C. Hauer

J. H. Hoekstra

Bhupinder Sandhu

H. Szajewska



Abstract

Background. An ESPGHAN multicenter study was performed to determine for the first time how closely current european treatment of infant acute gastroenteritis compares with the ESPGHAN recommendations. Here the austrian results are analysed on the basis of a europewide comparison. Methods. A questionnaire addressing the management of a 6-month-old infant with acute gastroenteritis and mild to moderate dehydration was circulated by national coordinators to randomly selected primary care physicians and paediatricians. Results. The majority of european physicians would use an oral rehydration solution (ORS) for rehydration and would recommend to continue breastfeeding at all times. However, only a minority would follow the remaining recommendations such as use of an ORS with 60 mmol Na+/l, exclusive rehydration for 3-4 hours only, fast realimentaion with normal feed including an undiluted lactose-containing formula and use of ORS to replace ongoing losses from watery diarrhea. The same practical approach is seen in Austria. However, paediatricians - in contrast to the primary care physicians - followed the ESPGHAN recommendations slightly more appropriately than the european average. Conclusion. Primary care physicians and paediatricians both in Austria and in most other european countries have to be informed more consequently on the adequate treatment of childhood acute gastroenteritis.

Citation

Hauer, A. C., Hoekstra, J. H., Sandhu, B., & Szajewska, H. (2003). Treatment of acute gastroenteritis in Austria. Results on the basis of a europewide comparison in an ESPGHAN multicenter study. Monatsschrift Kinderheilkunde, 151(5), 532-538. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00112-002-0511-2

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date May 1, 2003
Journal Monatsschrifft Kinderheilkunde
Print ISSN 0026-9298
Publisher Springer Verlag
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 151
Issue 5
Pages 532-538
DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/s00112-002-0511-2
Keywords gastroenteritis, Austria, Europe
Public URL https://uwe-repository.worktribe.com/output/1070065
Publisher URL http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00112-002-0511-2


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