Assignment: Pharmacotherapy for Gastrointestinal and Hepatobiliary Disorders
Gastrointestinal (GI) and hepatobiliary disorders affect the structure and function of the GI tract.
Many of these disorders often have similar symptoms, such as abdominal pain, cramping,
constipation, nausea, bloating, and fatigue. Since multiple disorders can be tied to the same symptoms, it is important for advanced practice nurses to carefully evaluate patients and
prescribe a treatment that targets the cause rather than the symptom.
Once the underlying cause is identified, an appropriate drug therapy plan can be recommended
based on medical history and individual patient factors. In this Assignment, you examine a case
study of a patient who presents with symptoms of a possible GI/hepatobiliary disorder, and you
design an appropriate drug therapy plan.
Review the case study assigned by your Instructor for this Assignment
Reflect on the patient’s symptoms, medical history, and drugs currently prescribed.
Think about a possible diagnosis for the patient. Consider whether the patient has a disorder
related to the gastrointestinal and hepatobiliary system or whether the symptoms are the result of
a disorder from another system or other factors, such as pregnancy, drugs, or a psychological
Consider an appropriate drug therapy plan based on the patient’s history, diagnosis, and drugs
By Day 7 of Week 4
Write a 1-page paper that addresses the following:
Explain your diagnosis for the patient, including your rationale for the diagnosis.
Describe an appropriate drug therapy plan based on the patient’s history, diagnosis, and drugs currently prescribed.
Justify why you would recommend this drug therapy plan for this patient. Be specific and provide