A step−by-step guide to performing a complete abdominal 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 first article in the series, Carol Cox and Martin Steggall describe the process associated with abdominal assessment. It focuses on a systematic approach and highlights areas in which gastrointestinal nurses may enhance their knowledge and practice.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)10-17
JournalGastrointestinal Nursing
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 19 Feb 2009
Externally publishedYes


  • Digital rectal examination
  • Clinical skills
  • Inpsection
  • Assessment
  • Colorectal surgery
  • Male and female examination


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