1. Dudley-Brown, Sharon PhD, APRN, BC, FNP

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Inflammatory bowel disease, specifically Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis, is a chronic, destructive inflammatory disease of the gastrointestinal tract with a complex genetic basis. With no affirmed treatment, current management focuses on reducing inflammation and management of symptoms. Typically symptoms in inflammatory bowel disease have been described in terms of exacerbations and remission, although there exists preliminary data to support the notion of symptoms to some degree at all times.


Characterizing the multiplicity of symptoms is important in inflammatory bowel disease. This presentation will describe preliminary results of a pilot study funded in part by the Society of Gastroenterology Nurses and Associates. Using a descriptive correlational design, the purpose of the study is to explore the relationships among influencing factors of physiological, psychological, and situational variables and symptoms. The theory of unpleasant symptoms will be used as the theoretical framework to explore the biobehavioral aspects of symptoms in inflammatory bowel disease because this theory considers relevant physiological, psychological and situational factors. Specific aims of this important pilot study will be highlighted in this session along with preliminary findings regarding symptoms experienced with inflammatory bowel disease.


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We are pleased to present the Abstracts from the SGNA's 32nd Annual Course: Passion for GI Nursing: Pass It On!! The diversity of these topics certainly reflects the richness and breadth of our specialty. In keeping with the tradition of the Annual Course, we hope the following abstracts will encourage discussions for improving nursing practice and patient care outcomes.