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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.

Contents include

  • Aetiology and pathophysiology of nausea and vomiting
  • Tips for assessment
  • Interventions for reducing nausea and vomiting
  • Non-pharmacological strategies
  • Pharmacological interventions
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Author / Editor Biographies

Associate Professor Patsy Yates is director of research for the Centre for Palliative Care Research and Education (Queensland, Australia), and is director of postgraduate programs in the School of Nursing, Queensland University of Technology. She has extensive experience in clinical practice, education, and research in cancer and palliative care and, for the past six years, has held an academic and clinical appointment with the Division of Oncology at Royal Brisbane Hospital (Queensland, Australia).

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