Diverticular Disease - RD542

Diverticular Disease

Importance of Fiber in the Diet

by Connie Goldsmith, MPA, RN and Kim Curry, PhD, ARNP, FAANP
(4.5 / 461 ratings )

This course is credentialed for:
Dietetics/Nutrition (1.00 CPEU)

Price: $20.00
CE-PRO Price: $10.00


Diverticular disease includes asymptomatic diverticulosis, which is the presence of diverticula, as well as the more serious diverticulitis, in which infection and inflammation are usually present. Diagnosis is often difficult, and aging and insufficient dietary fiber are the two primary risk factors for diverticular disease. Serious and potentially life-threatening problems begin when undigested food, fecal matter and bacteria become trapped in the saclike diverticula. Treatments range from NG feedings and clear liquid diets for bowel rest to high-fiber diets to bulk stools and decrease transit time. There are a number of complications that can result from diverticular disease, each with specific treatment options. This module provides healthcare professionals with information about the prevalence and causes of diverticular disease, as well as symptoms of diverticulitis, diagnosis and treatment of common complications.


The purpose of this program is to provide healthcare professionals with information about the prevalence and causes of diverticular disease, as well as symptoms of diverticulitis, diagnosis and treatment of common complications and nursing implications for patients with the disorder. After studying the information presented here, you will be able to:
  • Identify the two primary risk factors for diverticulosis
  • Describe five symptoms of diverticulitis
  • Discuss three serious complications of diverticulitis
  • Provide dietary recommendations for a patient with diverticular disease

Accreditation Information
OnCourse Learning is a Continuing Professional Education (CPE) Accredited Provider (#GD001) with the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR). This course is a level 2 course with suggested CDR learning codes of 2000, 2020, 2070, 3000, 3005, 4000, 4040, 4120, 5000, 5010, 5020, 5220, 5410 and performance indicators of 8.3.6, 8.3.7.
OnCourse Learning is also accredited by the Florida Council of Dietetics and Nutrition (provider # FBN 50-1489).

Course Originally Released on: 11/10/2009
Date of Most Recent Review: 12/11/2014
Course Termination/Update Date: 9/30/2018

Unless stated above, the planners and authors of this course have declared no relevant conflicts of interest that relate to this educational activity. OnCourse Learning guarantees this educational activity is free from bias.

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SUSAN B - South Shore, KY  ·  Nov 05, 2018
I didn't realize the population it primarily affected or the connective tissue dz was a factor
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renae g - Hubbardston, MA  ·  Nov 01, 2018
This was a great course. As and RD in the LTC setting, many of my patients are older than 80 and are likely to have diverticular disease. I think this course will help me to better explain to my patients what the risks are and what foods to focus on.
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Rebbecca J - Austin, TX  ·  Sep 11, 2018
This course was very informative
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Renee H - Burbank , CA  ·  May 10, 2018
Concise information ....Easy reading… Good recommendations
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Elizabeth M - Wauwatosa, WI  ·  Mar 26, 2018
nice course, very informative
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Price: $20.00
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