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Gastrointestinal Nursing

ISBN: 978-1-4051-4337-0
216 pages
April 2008, Wiley-Blackwell
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Many nurses work as specialist practitioners within several areas of gastrointestinal medicine, including inflammatory bowel disease, stoma care, nutrition, endoscopy and counselling. There has been a steady increase in nurse-led services and gastrointestinal nursing is an expanding area. This comprehensive text lays the foundation by reviewing the anatomy and physiology underlying common conditions before covering the pathophysiology of clinical features, causes, investigation and management. Underlying this approach will be the specific nursing aspects of caring for patients with gastrointestinal conditions, covering psychosocial factors and issues such as the measurement of health related quality of life.
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Table of Contents


Section 1: Structure, function and disorders of the gastrointestinal tract.

An overview of the gastrointestinal tract.

The oesophagus.

The stomach.

The small intestine.

The large intestine.

The liver.

The biliary system.

The pancreas.

Section 2: Essential aspects of gastroenterology.

Diagnostic tests and procedures in gastroenterology.

Emergencies of the gastrointestinal tract.

Pharmacology in gastroenterology.

Section 3: Living with gastrointestinal disorders.

Psychosocial factors in gastroenterology.

Quality of life in gastroenterology.


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The Wiley Advantage

  • comprehensive guide to gastrointestinal nursing care and management

  • for general nurses, advanced nurse practitioners and nurse endoscopists

  • enables nurses to develop expertise in this area of care

  • explores issues in gastrointestinal care
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'A useful background read for student nurses or general nurses entering gastroenterology'

Gastrointestinal Nursing

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