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Adult nursing
Nurses should recognise that focusing only on the resolution of physical symptoms may not be enough to overcome the psychosocial implications of living with a chronic disease
  1. Sara Ma
  1. Inflammatory Bowel Disease Specialist Nurses, York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, York, UK
  1. Correspondence to Mrs Sara Ma, York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, York YO31 8HE, UK;{at}

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Commentary on: Byron C, Cornally N, Burton A, et al. Challenges of living with and managing inflammatory bowel disease: a meta-synthesis of patients’ experiences. J Clin Nurs 2020;29:305–19. doi: 10.1111/jocn.15080.

Implications for future practice and research

  • Nurses are well situated to coach people living with chronic conditions to recognise and utilise healthy practical and emotional coping strategies.

  • Future research should not only explore how people with inflammatory bowel disease manage the challenges they face but what the scope is for specialist nurse support.


Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is a chronic condition of the gastrointestinal tract that is associated with embarrassing signs and symptoms that include rectal bleeding, diarrhoea, faecal urgency and abdominal pain. Byron et al have provided a meta-synthesis of patients experiences with this condition1 and an update on previous work conducted by Kemp et al.2 The …

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  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Commissioned; internally peer reviewed.