A step-by-step guide to performing a complete digital rectal examination

Martin Steggall*, Carol Cox

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This clinical skills series is designed for the nursing professional as a basic overview on key clinical skills necessary for patient care, clearly presenting common clinical procedures and their rationale, together with the essential background theory. In this second article in the series, Martin Steggall and Carol Cox describe the process associated with digital rectal examination. It focuses on a systematic approach and highlights areas in which gastrointestinal nurses may enhance their knowledge and practice.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)28-32
Number of pages5
JournalGastrointestinal Nursing
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 19 Mar 2009
Externally publishedYes


  • Assessment
  • Clinical skills
  • Digital rectal examination
  • Male and female examination


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