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Thesis - University Access Only

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Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Graduate Nursing

First Advisor

Kay Foland


polyethylene glycol, colonscopy, patient satisfaction


Colorectal cancer is a major cause of cancer associated morbidity and mortality throughout the world. Fewer than 20% of American adults are screened for colorectal cancer. When colorectal cancer is suspected with preliminary screening methods a diagnostic colonoscopy is performed. There are various methods to cleanse the bowel prior to colonoscopy. An extensive review of literature demonstrates that polyethylene glycol is the most widely used and safest solution for bowel cleansing. The sesame studies demonstrate that most patients report negative side affects due to the large volume of PEG consumed.
The purpose of this study was to compare the amount of PEG solution consumed to patient symptoms and bowel cleanliness. The study involved 30 patients who were given PEG solution for a colonoscopy. All patients reported some negative side affects a result of consuming the PEG solution. The participating physician reported bowel cleanliness as fair more frequently for the sample. There were no significant correlations between the volume of PEG solution consumed and patient symptoms or bowel cleanliness.



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