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3 13 Digestive Health


  • Digestive problems are common in general practice
  • As a general practitioner (GP) you have a central role in the diagnosis and management of digestive problems in primary care
  • Dyspepsia, gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GORD) and Irritable Bowel disease (IBS) are common conditions, affecting a significant proportion of the population
  • Prevention and early treatment of colorectal cancer are priorities for the Department of Health
  • A national programme of screening for colorectal cancer is now in place, with plans for the possible addition of flexible sigmoidoscopy. Primary care has an important role, even though recruitment of patients and follow-up are centrally co-ordinated
  • New treatment approaches are emerging for patients with hepatitis B and C

Knowledge and skills guide

This section contains the learning outcomes for the 'Digestive Health' curriculum module.

These are grouped into 12 core areas of competence concerned with the tasks you will undertake as a general practitioner when delivering care to people in your community.

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Case discussion

This section contains a scenario and questions for reflection which help to illustrate the learning points in this module.

Beverley Chalmers is a 62-year-old librarian. She is married with two grown up children and three grandchildren. She says her marriage has been going through a particularly ‘difficult patch’ since her husband lost his job two years ago and markedly increased his alcohol consumption. She would like to retire but is concerned over finances. She consults you with symptoms of weakness and fatigue. She has lost 5kg in the last six months with no obvious cause....     

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How to learn this area of practice

This section includes suggested activities and strategies for developing the competences you will require.     

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Useful learning resources

This section provides suggestions for further reading and other resources to help you in your training, including books, journal articles and web resources.     

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This section lists references which have been used in the development of the curriculum.        

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