, Volume 36, Supplement 4, pp 61–64 | Cite as

Underutilisation of Oral Rehydration in the Treatment of Gastroenteritis

  • J. A. Walker-Smith


Oral rehydration therapy (ORT) has now been used successfully in many countries. The best indication of its effectiveness is a decrease in mortality, and this has been demonstrated in a number of studies in developing communities. In developed communities where mortality from acute diarrhoea is already low, ORT has been underutilised. Here, the general practitioner has a key role, and it is vitally important to appreciate that ORT is first-line treatment, with no place for drug therapy in most cases.


Gastroenteritis British Medical Journal Colistin Loperamide Acute Gastroenteritis 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • J. A. Walker-Smith
    • 1
  1. 1.Academic Department of Paediatric GastroenterologyMedical College of St Bartholomew’s HospitalLondonUK

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