Approaches to managing chronic constipation

Alison Bardsley

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Constipation is a common presenting problem, but its treatment is often unsatisfactory. It is important for nurses to remember that constipation is a symptom and not a disease. Chronic constipation can have a gradual onset over a number of years, with many people ‘self-medicating’ with over-the-counter laxatives and herbal products, which then result in the need for daily laxatives. This article will consider best practice for the assessment, treatment, and prevention of constipation.
Original languageEnglish
JournalGastrointestinal Nursing
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 24 Apr 2016


  • Constipation
  • Laxatives
  • Neurogenic bowel
  • Self-medication
  • Dietary fibre


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