Managing constipation in adults with severe learning disabilities
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Managing constipation in adults with severe learning disabilities

Hannah Cockburn-Wells Nursing student, University of East Anglia

Hannah Cockburn-Wells presents a literature review of a commonplace but underestimated condition often found in clients in staffed accommodation

Constipation is common among people with severe learning disabilities but its effect on their wellbeing is widely underestimated. This article provides a literature review of the causes and effects of constipation among this client group, and how the condition is managed. It suggests that many carers lack understanding of the effects of constipation on the wellbeing of people with severe learning disabilities and do not always make the appropriate interventions, including changes to clients’ diets and lifestyles. The article also suggests that community learning disability nurses are responsible for ensuring care staff have the information and training they need to provide good quality care.

Learning Disability Practice. 17, 9, 16-22. doi: 10.7748/ldp.17.9.16.e1582


Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review

Conflict of interest

None declared

Received: 01 August 2014

Accepted: 22 August 2014

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