Pathophysiology is the study of physical and biological abnormalities which adversely affect homeostasis leading to ill health.

All nurses should have an in-depth understanding of acute and chronic illnesses and their effect on the human body. This knowledge together with critical thinking skills enables you to recognise and respond to signs and symptoms of patients’ conditions from a pathophysiological perspective.

The following series of videos introduce foundational concepts related to pathophysiology.

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Osmosis YouTube Channel
Pathophisiology videos.

Armando Hasudungan
Pathophisiology videos.

Khan Academy
Pathophisiology videos.

Lecturio Medical Education
A collection of videos  covering anatomy & phisiology, pathophisiology and pharmacology.

What Is Pathophysiology, and How Does It Relate to Nursing?
Pathophysiology is a medical discipline that focuses on the function and symptoms of diseased organs, generally for purposes of diagnosis and patient care. Pathophysiology differs slightly from pathology, which studies all aspects of disease, not just organic function.

Having a general working knowledge of how the human body works will help you in the long run. For example, knowing the overall structure and function of the heart will help you understand how heart failure affects the rest of the body.

Moruzzi, M., & McLeod, A. (2017). Hypovolaemic shock: assessment, pathophysiology and nursing care. British Journal of Neuroscience Nursing, 13(3), 126-132. doi:10.12968/bjnn.2017.13.3.126