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A comparison of general practitioners prescribing of gluten‐free foods for the treatment of coeliac disease with national prescribing guidelines

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Abstract:

Coeliac disease is an autoimmune disorder that is considered to affect approximately one in 100 people. In the UK, gluten‐free (GF) foods can be prescribed by general practitioners (GPs) to treat this condition and there are national guidelines on the quantities of GF food an individual should receive on prescription. Information on actual prescribing behaviour by GPs, and how this compares with guideline recommendations, is scarce. The present study aimed to describe GPs prescribing practice of GF foods, within one locality in the UK, comparing this with national guidelines.

Keywords: coeliac disease; dermatitis herpetiformis; general practitioners; gluten‐free foods; prescriptions

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/jhn.12116

Publication date: February 1, 2014

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