What Discharge Instructions and Follow-Up Planning Should Patients with Chronic Abdominal Pain Be Given?

  • Stephen ShaheenEmail author


Chronic abdominal pain can be difficult to manage with regard to discharge planning and instructions. Medically, pain control should be given in the safest and smallest doses necessary. Narcotics and benzodiazepines should be avoided when possible. An empathetic approach and utilization of support systems can encourage patient independence in this multifactorial and overwhelming process. Referral to the appropriate clinicians for follow-up, including the gastroenterologist, gynecologist, urologist, psychiatrist, or primary care provider, facilitates ongoing treatment.


Chronic abdominal pain Functional abdominal pain Discharge instructions Gastroenterology Multidisciplinary 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Duke University Medical CenterDurhamUSA

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