GI NURSING RESEARCH: PDF OnlyDietary Management of Chronic Diarrhea in ChildrenELLETT, MARSHA L. RN, MSN, CGCGastroenterology Nursing: Fall 1990 - Volume 13 - Issue 2 - p 24S Buy Abstract Approximately three patients each week are referred to the pediatric gastroenterology department for diarrhea. There is usually a 4− to 6-week wait for an appointment in the clinic. This study will evaluate the benefit of the gastroenterology nurse clinician providing the parent of a child with chronic diarrhea instructions on an age-appropriate diet by telephone at the time of referral. Benefits may include decreasing parental anxiety, returning to the child's normal stool pattern, and optimizing results of blood and stool tests done during the initial clinic appointment. Three study groups will be utilized. In Group I, an initial nursing assessment will be completed at the time of referral and a second nursing assessment will be completed during the initial clinic appointment. In Group II, both nursing assessment forms will be completed and the parent will be asked to keep food and stool records for 2 weeks. In Group III, the parent will receive dietary instructions for an age-appropriate diet plus the two nursing assessments and keeping food and stool records. Data will be analyzed using MANOVA for repeated measures. © The Society of Gastroenterology Nurses & Associates 1990. All Rights Reserved.