The prevalence of glossodynia is difficult to establish due to variation in study methodology (questionnaire, survey or clinical assessment) and geographic location. However, the prevalence of glossodynia is between % to 5% in the general population. It is most commonly reported in perimenopausal middle-aged to elderly females, with a female-to-male ratio of 3:1. It rarely manifests before 30 years of age and has not been studied in children or adolescents. To date, there are no studies on occupational, educational, or social grouping.
(1) The majority of trauma admissions are at high risk for developing gastrointestinal haemorrhage. (2) Initial adherence to national guidelines for safe prescription of NSAIDs in our trauma unit was poor (%) but improved significantly (%) following an awareness programme which included education of prescribers and pharmacists. (3) A lower proportion of NSAID-receivers had multiple risk factors following our awareness programme. (4) Awareness of gastroprotection guidelines must be raised in trauma units to prevent undertreatment and hence minimise the risk of GI haemorrhage.