Patient Education Plan

Patient Education Plan
Beatrice Williamson
University of Phoenix
Health and Chronic Disease Management
Deborah Lilly RN MSN CCRN
February 08, 2010

Patient Education Plan
      The disease process chosen for the patient education plan is a gastrointestinal diagnosis of peptic ulcer disease. Content will include a hypothetical patient scenario including defining characteristics of the disease, challenges in management of the disease process, patient education, treatment plan, efficacy of plan development, success of patient adaptation, and application to current lifestyle. The patient scenario is as follows:
      Mary K. is a 62 year old female widowed for nine months after 35 years of marriage directly out of high school. She is currently working a secretarial job. She was diagnosed with arthritis four years ago to the lower back as a result of an MVA with back injury five years ago. She has been taking an NSAID (naproxen) for pain management for three years, drinks alcohol daily in moderation for the majority of her adult life, and has smoked cigarettes for 40 years. Recently, she has been experiencing loss of appetite and burning stomach pain off and on for about a month.   The pain can last from minutes or hours, and disappears and returns for several days or weeks at a time.   She has noticed the pain is worse one half to one hour after a meal, and has a feeling of fullness after drinking a small amount of fluid. She has upper gastric pain towards the left side between her breastbone and naval. She now is experiencing nausea with occasional pink tinged vomit.   Mary’s doctor suspects she may have peptic ulcer disease and is referring her to a gastroenterologist for further testing.
      A peptic ulcer is a condition where a sore or erosion affects the mucous lining of the stomach, duodenum, or both simultaneously where pepsin and hydrochloric acid are present. The esophagus can have ulcers as well from uncontrolled gastroesophageal reflux...