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Specialist nurse counselling interventions for patients with inflammatory bowel disease

The number and type of gastroenterology and inflammatory bowel disease specialist nurses is increasing, along with the variety of roles performed in patient care and management. This review included one low quality trial of a specialist nurse counselling intervention compared with routine outpatient clinic follow up. No data were reported on remission outcomes. Counselling by a specialist nurse might improve mental health related quality of life for some IBD patients in the short term. However, the poor quality of the one included study does not allow for any definitive conclusions regarding the impact of the nurse‐led counselling program. Better designed studies are needed to assess the impact of specialist nursing interventions on the care and management of patients with inflammatory bowel disease.

Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews: Plain Language Summaries [Internet] - John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

Version: 2009

Gastrointestinal Complications (PDQ®): Patient Version

Expert-reviewed information summary about constipation, impaction, bowel obstruction, and diarrhea as complications of cancer or its treatment. The management of these problems is discussed.

PDQ Cancer Information Summaries [Internet] - National Cancer Institute (US).

Version: May 12, 2015

Essiac/Flor Essence (PDQ®): Patient Version

Expert-reviewed information summary about the use of Essiac/Flor Essence as a treatment for people with cancer. Note: The information in this summary is no longer being updated and is provided for reference purposes only.

PDQ Cancer Information Summaries [Internet] - National Cancer Institute (US).

Version: January 7, 2015

Pain (PDQ®): Patient Version

Expert-reviewed information summary about pain as a complication of cancer or its treatment. Approaches to the management and treatment of cancer-associated pain are discussed.

PDQ Cancer Information Summaries [Internet] - National Cancer Institute (US).

Version: April 10, 2014

Smart Health Choices: Making Sense of Health Advice

This book aims to help consumers and practitioners develop the skills to assess health advice – and hopefully to make decisions that will improve the quality of their care. For some people, making better-informed decisions could be life saving. We hope that it will be useful if you are struggling to come to terms with an illness or injury, and the best ways of managing it. Or you may simply want to lead a healthier life, and may be wondering how to make sense of the often conflicting flood of health information that deluges us every day, through the media, and from our friends and health practitioners.

Hammersmith Press.

Version: 2008

Topics in Complementary and Alternative Therapies (PDQ®): Patient Version

Expert-reviewed information summary that contains information on complementary and/or alternative therapies for people with cancer.

PDQ Cancer Information Summaries [Internet] - National Cancer Institute (US).

Version: May 13, 2015

Testing Treatments: Better Research for Better Healthcare. 2nd edition

How do we know whether a particular treatment really works? How reliable is the evidence? And how do we ensure that research into medical treatments best meets the needs of patients? These are just a few of the questions addressed in a lively and informative way in Testing Treatments. Brimming with vivid examples, Testing Treatments will inspire both patients and professionals.

Pinter & Martin.

Version: 2011

Treatments for lymphocytic colitis

Budesonide is a corticosteroid drug that is quickly metabolized by the liver thereby decreasing drug‐related side‐effects. This review demonstrates that budesonide may be effective for treating chronic diarrhea associated with lymphocytic colitis over a six week period. There is also weaker evidence that mesalazine with or without cholestyramine may be effective for treating chronic diarrhea associated with lymphocytic colitis over a six month period. These and other agents require further study before they can be recommended as treatment options for lymphocytic colitis.

Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews: Plain Language Summaries [Internet] - John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

Version: 2008

Do nutritional interventions reduce gastrointestinal toxicity in adults undergoing radical pelvic radiotherapy?

Research has shown that nutrition and radiotherapy have effects on each other. People with malnutrition tend to get more bowel side effects during radiotherapy. It has also been shown that many people lose weight during radiotherapy due to the treatment side effects. These side effects can lead to some people needing gaps in their radiotherapy and sometimes they even need to stop it entirely. This can reduce the chance of cancer cure. This review looked at the literature for providing extra nourishment or changes in diet to patients before or during radiotherapy, to determine whether this is of benefit in terms of reducing bowel symptoms, improving nutritional status and quality of life.

Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews: Plain Language Summaries [Internet] - John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

Version: 2013

Fatigue (PDQ®): Patient Version

Expert-reviewed information summary about fatigue, a condition marked by extreme tiredness and inability to function because of lack of energy, often seen as a complication of cancer or its treatment.

PDQ Cancer Information Summaries [Internet] - National Cancer Institute (US).

Version: May 7, 2015

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