epidemiology

Last reviewed 01/2018

  • prevalences of between 26% (in the US) and 41% (in the UK)
  • about 25% of sufferers seek help from doctors
  • about 4% of general practice consultations are for dyspepsia
  • 2% of the entire population receive an endoscopy or barium meal each year
  • only about 10% of patients presenting in primary care with dyspepsia will be referred for hospital investigation - universal investigation for dyspepsia is neither affordable or desirable (2)