Patient compliance with proton pump inhibitor therapy in an otolaryngology practice

Neil N. Chheda, Gregory N. Postma

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Objectives: Proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) are used for the treatment of numerous otolaryngological disorders. It has been demonstrated that administration of the medication 15 to 45 minutes before a meal optimizes acid suppression. The rate of compliance with optimal PPI dosage patterns in an otolaryngology practice is not known. We sought to determine the rate of PPI compliance in patients seen in an otolaryngology practice. Methods: We conducted an interview at a tertiary voice and swallowing center of 200 consecutive patients who were taking PPIs. Results: Overall, 54% of patients took their PPI in an optimal manner. The rate of compliance was significantly higher for patients who had their PPI prescribed by an otolaryngologist (62%) than for patients whose PPI was prescribed by a non-otolaryngologist (40%). Conclusions: Nearly half of all patients seen at a voice and swallowing center were not compliant with optimal PPI usage. This percentage is similar to that found for other long-term medications. Patient education can lead to higher rates of compliance, improved acid control, and possibly improved treatment outcomes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)670-672
Number of pages3
JournalAnnals of Otology, Rhinology and Laryngology
Issue number9
StatePublished - Sep 2008


  • Gastroesophageal reflux
  • Laryngopharyngeal reflux
  • Proton pump inhibitor
  • Reflux

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Otorhinolaryngology


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