Voluntary health organizations active in the prevention or treatment of diseases and conditions such as abdominal pain, ulcers, diarrhea or jaundice that affect the digestive system including the stomach, bowels, liver, gallbladder and related organs. The related medical specialty is gastroenterology, a subspecialty of internal medicine.
Key words: Abdominal Pain; Biliary Tract Diseases; Colitis; Crohns Disease; Curlings Ulcer; Diarrhea; Digestive System Diseases; Diverticulosis; Duodenal Ulcer; Esophageal Diseases; Gallbladder Diseases; Gastroenteritis; Gastrointestinal Diseases; Hernia; Ileitis; Intestinal Diseases; Jaundice; Mesenteric Vascular Occlusion; Pancreatic Diseases; Pancreatic Diseases; Peptic Ulcer; Peritoneal Diseases; Protein-Losing Enteropathies; Stomach Diseases; Stomach Ulcer; Visceroptosis
Scope notes: Voluntary Health Agencies provide patient assistance and family support, community services, public and professional education, medical research support, and health-related advocacy.
USE E86 Patient & Family Support for disease-specific organizations that provide only patient & family support.
USE N20 Camps for organizations that provide camping opportunities targeting ill children and youth.
USE the P80 Services to Promote the Independence of Specific Populations for organizations that provide social services for patients and family of people with health conditions.