Gastrointestinal care for older people
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Gastrointestinal care for older people

Penny Tremayne Senior lecturer, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, De Montfort University, Leicester, England
Penny Harrison Senior lecturer, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, De Montfort University, Leicester, England

This article discusses gastrointestinal (GI) healthcare in older people. It outlines the physiological changes that occur in the GI tract as a result of ageing, and discusses common GI disorders in older people. These GI disorders include dysphagia, gastrointestinal reflux disease, colorectal cancer, diverticular disease, constipation and anaemia. Healthcare professionals should be aware of the factors that may influence gastrointestinal health in older people, including nutrition, hydration and alcohol use, which are important considerations when delivering person-centred care.

Nursing Standard. 30, 45, 53-63. doi: 10.7748/ns.2016.e10410

Correspondence

ptremay@dmu.ac.uk

Peer review

All articles are subject to external double-blind peer review and checked for plagiarism using automated software.

Conflict of interest

None declared.

Received: 12 January 2016

Accepted: 13 April 2016

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