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PRIMARY CARE FOR WOMEN: Comprehensive Assessment of Gastrointestinal Disorders

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  • Barbara Shaw RN-C, FNP

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      Barbara Shaw, RN-C, FNP, Esperanza Family Center, 2556 W. North Ave. Chicago, IL 60647.
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    • Barbara Shaw received her master of science degree in nursing and preparation as a family nurse practitioner from the Yale University School of Nursing in 1988. In 1994, she became Clinical Coordinator of the Esperanza Family Center, a maternal and child health primary care center in Chicago, Illinois. Her previous experience inludes 6 years as a primary care and health promotion services provider in community health centers in Boston, Massachusetts. While practicing in Boston, Ms. Shaw also provided consultation to the faculty of the Boston University School of Public Health Nurse-Midwifery Education Program in the development and revision of their Primary Care Module.


Barbara Shaw, RN-C, FNP, Esperanza Family Center, 2556 W. North Ave. Chicago, IL 60647.

ABSTRACT

This article summarizes the anatomy and physiology of the gastrointestinal system, reviews physiologic changes that occur with normal development, and discusses considerations for the primary care provider in gathering health history information and conducting the physical exam. The use of diagnostic testing during the evaluation of women with gastrointestinal complaints is reviewed. A case study is used to illustrate an integrated approach to diagnosis and management of gastrointestinal disorders of women in the primary care setting.

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