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Help Patients Defy Diverticular Disease

Moorman, Sandra

doi: 10.1097/CNJ.0b013e318245cfd2
Feature: CE Connection

Abstract: Diverticular disease is a chronic disorder that can significantly impact quality of life, and incidence of this disease is increasing. This article outlines the history, incidence, pathophysiology, signs and symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, and nursing management of patients with diverticular disease. Tools to assist with patient education and resources for spiritual care, inner healing needs, and support with healthy lifestyle choices are provided.

Nurses in all areas of practice encounter patients with diverticular disease, which can significantly impact quality of life. Learn the history, incidence, pathophysiology, signs and symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, and nursing management of patients with this disease.

Sandra Moorman, MSN, RN, is the Nursing Retention and Remediation Specialist at Hagerstown Community College. She has experience in medical surgical nursing, as well as neurologic and orthopedic trauma.

Patient education is critical to minimizing the risk of recurrence and long-term diverticular complications.

The author declares no conflict of interest.

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