Effective therapy for gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is associated with improvement in health-related quality of life. It remains unclear whether Helicobacter pylori infection protects against GERD.Aim
We evaluated the relationship between GERD and H. pylori, and whether the health-related quality of life score improved after medical treatment.Methods
We enrolled 151 outpatients with upper abdominal symptoms; 81 patients received omeprazole 20 mg/day for 2 weeks. Health-related quality of life was assessed using the Gastrointestinal Symptom Rating Scale (GSRS) and the Psychological General Well-Being (PGWB) index. H. pylori infection was diagnosed by serum antibody or endoscopy and the relationship between GERD and H. pylori was evaluated.Results
In GERD patients, the mean GSRS score improved from 2.20 to 1.67 following treatment (P < 0.01). The mean GSRS reflux symptom score improved from 2.96 to 1.67 (P < 0.01). The mean PGWB score improved from 96.36 to 107.34 (P < 0.01). All scores in GERD patients significantly improved compared with non-GERD patients. The H. pylori-positive ratio was 66.15% in GERD patients and 65.21% in non-GERD patients (P = 0.94).Conclusions
Health-related quality of life is useful for evaluation of proton pump inhibitor treatment in GERD. The presence of H. pylori was not associated with the prevalence of GERD.