Caring for a Patient with a Small Bowel Obstruction Complicated by Functional Somatic Syndromes

Caring for a Patient with a Small Bowel Obstruction Complicated by Functional Somatic Syndromes

Identification: MSNN1904
Issue: July/August 2019
Volume: Volume 28 - Number 4
Credits (Post Test and/or Evaluation Required)
Available until 08/31/2021
  • 1.30 - CH


Functional somatic syndromes (FSSs) are a category of illnesses that are characterized by a plethora of unexplained medical symptomology. They are sometimes referred to as ‘invisible diseases,’ which can be further defined as diseases that limit a person’s physical, mental, or neurological abilities internally and are invisible to onlookers. This is an umbrella term for diseases such as fibromyalgia, CFS, and psychological disorders. This case study breaks down some of the best practices that could be utilized when caring for patients with FSSs.

Learning Outcome:
After completing this learning activity, the learner will be able to discuss the role that an interdisciplinary team and Palliative Care Team plays in advocating for and managing the care of patients with the "silent diseases" of Functional Somatic Syndrome (FSS).

Learning Engagement Activity:
Review Table 1 to identify the best practices to incorporate into a multifactoral treatment plan for patients with FSS.

Contact hours available until 8/31/21.

Requirements for Successful Completion:

Complete the learning activity in its entirety and complete the online CNE evaluation.

Authors Conflict of Interest Disclosure:
The author(s), editor, editorial committee, content reviewers, and education director reported no actual or potential conflict of interest in relation to this continuing nursing education article.

Commercial Support and Sponsorship:
No commercial support or sponsorship declared.

Accreditation Statement:
This session is jointly provided by Anthony J. Jannetti, Inc. (AJJ) and the Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses (AMSN).

Anthony J Jannetti, Inc. is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

Anthony J. Jannetti, Inc. is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the California Board of Registered Nurses, Provider Number CEP 5387.

This article was reviewed and formatted for contact hour credit by Michele Boyd, MSN, RN, AMSN Education Director.


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Expired On: Aug 31, 2021

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Sandra LaPointe
10/10/19 11:15 am

Informative, great information to open dialogue with colleagues regarding FSS

Manjulata Evatt
10/31/19 5:30 pm

The article is very informative and has appropriate recommendations to be implemented.

Floremil Aruejo
12/24/19 11:45 am

Recommendations on this CE is informative

Juanito Santander
7/9/20 1:31 pm

Understanding on what is FSS.

Charmaine Brown
10/15/20 11:00 am

Informative article - good for all nurses to be reminded to not fall into the trap of ignoring patients' symptoms.

Allison Weech
2/11/21 10:05 am

Very enlightening and timely topic. I now Have a greater appreciation and understanding of clients diagnosed with FSS.

Berly Sojan
4/23/21 8:24 am


Berly Sojan
4/23/21 8:25 am

very informative

Ivory Pedral
7/9/21 2:21 pm

The multifaceted symptoms that patients experience can make it challenging for them to be accepted by the healthcare community while obtaining proper symptom management which causes a decline in these patients’ quality of life. By incorporating aspects of palliative care and interprofessional team-based approaches, healthcare providers will be able to better manage their patients suffering with FSSs

Dale Boudreault
8/31/21 2:00 pm

Interesting article, a different perspective, psychological aspects treated along with medical problem

Yvonne Gasigwa
10/28/21 10:04 am


Yvonne Gasigwa
10/28/21 10:19 am

This is a very good an informative article. Thanks for sharing

Lucille Carmeli Lorea
11/21/21 6:31 pm