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The Experience of
Frequent Heartburn in America, 2009

According to the Experience of Frequent Heartburn in America, 2009 Study, a recent national study of frequent heartburn sufferers, conducted by Center for Health Outcomes Research & Evidence Based Medicine, LLC and United BioSource Corporation* frequent heartburn can significantly impact many aspects of sufferers' lives, including:

  • Productivity at work.
  • Personal relationships and enjoying social activities, even sexual relationships.
  • Self-perception.
  • Choices in diet and beverage consumption.
  • Ability to get a good night's sleep.

The study was conducted to understand the experience of
frequent heartburn sufferers, and was designed in consultation with prominent gastroenterologists.

* The Experience of Frequent Heartburn in America, July 2009: Research conducted by the Center for Health Outcomes Research & Evidence Based Medicine, LLC and United BioSource Corporation. This study was funded by Novartis Consumer Health Inc.

The study was fielded in July 2009 among a statistically representative sample of 1,075
frequent heartburn sufferers nationwide. Of the 1,075 respondents, 497 reported that their
frequent heartburn pain was moderate to severe.
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About the study

The study* was fielded in July 2009 among a statistically representative sample of frequent heartburn sufferers nationwide, including those with self-reported severe to moderate heartburn pain. The study was conducted by the Center for Health Outcomes Research and Evidence Based Medicine, LLC and United BioSource Corporation. The study was designed to measure and validate the quality of life impact that frequent heartburn currently can have on sufferers. The study was funded by Novartis Consumer Health, Inc.

Prior to fielding the study, the researchers consulted with four leading experts in their fields — M. Brian Fennerty, MD, Professor of Medicine, Oregon Health and Science University; Michael Farber, MD, Medical Director, Executive Health, Hackensack University Medical Center; David Ferguson, PhD, MD, FACCP, Clinical Research Consultant; and Jean Fourcroy, MD, PhD, MPH, Urologist — to confirm that the study examined the full breadth of frequent heartburn sufferers' experiences.

This study's findings reveal the significant impact that frequent heartburn can have on sufferers' quality of life. Specifically, the study demonstrates that frequent heartburn can affect sufferers' work, sexual relationships, sleep, family relationships, food choices, and overall self perception. findings were named "The Experience of Frequent Heartburn in America, 2009."

* The Experience of Frequent Heartburn in America, July 2009: Research conducted by the Center for Health Outcomes Research & Evidence Based Medicine, LLC and United BioSource Corporation. This study was funded by Novartis Consumer Health, Inc.

The study was fielded in July 2009 among a statistically representative sample of 1,075 frequent heartburn sufferers nationwide. Of the 1,075 respondents, 497 reported that their frequent heartburn pain was moderate to severe.

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