Nausea and Vomiting
Nausea and vomiting commonly occur together, but they are distinct symptoms. Nausea has been defined as an unpleasant feeling in the back of the throat and stomach that may or may not result in vomiting. Vomiting is a forceful contraction of the stomach muscles that causes the contents of the stomach to come up through the mouth. Separate assessment of these symptoms is often required to identify specific causal mechanisms and appropriate intervention strategies. This chapter discusses the common and distressing conditions of nausea and vomiting, which affects people with a range of advanced and progressive conditions. It explores the aetiology and pathophysiology of nausea and vomiting. This chapter also provides assessment tools and suggestions for interventions. It also offers a comprehensive reference list.
- Aetiology and pathophysiology of nausea and vomiting
- Tips for assessment
- Interventions for reducing nausea and vomiting
- Non-pharmacological strategies
- Pharmacological interventions