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Cover image for lecture: Assessing Liver Function - Introduction to Diagnostic Testing

Lecture Overview

Vague symptoms may make it difficult to diagnose liver disease. A range of diagnostic tests can investigate liver function further. Understanding the rationales for the main diagnostic tests will assist nurses to form a clear clinical picture of the person they are caring for and assist with patient education and health literacy.


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Jana Van der Jagt

Jana Van der Jagt is a hepatology nurse practitioner from the Mid North Coast of NSW where she established and developed the Port Macquarie Liver Clinic. She has worked in the field of hepatology for 18 years. Her current roles include the provision of comprehensive liver disease assessment and management in private practice at Port Macquarie Gastroenterology as well as consultancy services developing and delivering education for healthcare workers. Particular interests include advanced liver disease, nurse education, and the development of responsive models of care. Jana’s qualifications include graduate diploma in critical care nursing, graduate diploma adult education and training, and a master of nursing (nurse practitioner). See Educator Profile


16 Total Rating(s)
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Clare Morcom
17 Feb 2020

Describes the various pathology tests undertaken and how they relate to the various lobes of the liver and whether hepatic or extra hepatic abnormalities are made.

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Gareth Chaney
19 Aug 2019

Excellent cover of the subject matter

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Peta Langley
20 Jul 2019

Informative, expecially diseases assoc with various tests. Well presented, easy to understand.

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Donna Sebille
15 Apr 2019

Very helpful lecture concise delivery of information.

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Alissa Fitzpatrick
11 Apr 2019


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Peter Thompson
15 Aug 2018

Good presentation

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Jennifer Elder
21 May 2018

very informative. Paced well

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rosemary britt62
16 May 2018

Very informative

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Russell Webb
17 Apr 2018

Highly informative and engaging presentation

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Juliet Melano
03 Mar 2018

Great presentation.