1. Microbiology & Food Hygiene

Gastrointestinal symptoms in Ireland, North and South — a survey of general practitioners

Project Reference:

01–RESR–123

Status:

Completed

Commencement Date:

March, 2002

Project Duration:

15 months

Abstract:

This project involved an all–island survey of 1,200 general practitioners to examine the burden of gastroenteritis in general practice. It also set out to examine the attitudes towards and practices in the management and prevention of gastroenteritis, particularly relating to food- borne illness. The study also described GP’s perspectives on the surveillance and notification of particular aspects of acute gastroenteritis.

Principal Contractor(s):

Dr Margaret Fitzgerald, Food Safety Authority of Ireland, Dublin

Collaborator(s):

Prof Leslie Daly, Dr Dominique Crowley & Claire Collins, University College Dublin

Mr Tom Robinson, Food Standards Agency Northern Ireland, Belfast

Dr Brian Smyth, Communicable Disease Surveillance Centre, Belfast

Dr Derval Igoe, Health Protection Surveillance Centre, Dublin

Outputs:

Report:

Acute Gastroenteritis in Ireland, North and South - A Study of General Practitioners