GIT

GIT

Topic Summary

This area of practice is chosen because it is an area of practice that is of everyday importance both in the pharmacist practice setting in the community as well as in the hospital-based setting. Not all gastrointestinal symptoms are red flags but it is certainly important to be able to recognise which patients have self-limiting disease and which have early serious disease that needs to be identified in time. A systematic approach in history taking, clinical examination, appropriate investigations, suitable empiric over the counter treatment and timing referral to our gastroenterologist colleagues will stand all of us in good stead. Adequate patient education, explanation and follow-up is also important.

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