Diagnosis and management of slow transit constipation in adults
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Diagnosis and management of slow transit constipation in adults

Gwen Marples Senior research assistant, Community, Health and Education Studies Research Centre, School of Health, Community and Education Studies, Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne

Chronic constipation is regarded as one of the most common gastrointestinal complaints. This article focuses on a type of functional disorder of the digestive system known as slow transit constipation – a poorly understood condition that occurs in adults and children. This article is limited to its presentation and management in adults and is aimed at nurses without any specialist knowledge of the topic.

Nursing Standard. 26, 8, 41-48. doi: 10.7748/ns2011.



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