How to ask about bowel problems – and why it matters to patients
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How to ask about bowel problems – and why it matters to patients

Jennifer Trueland Health journalist

When nurses raise the tricky subject of faecal incontinence they’re really talking about quality of life

Perhaps it is because it is something that most of us, from toddler upwards, have done alone and behind closed doors, but people are not good at talking about poo. That means that when something goes wrong with our bowels, many of us don’t seek help and, indeed, aren’t even aware of what help is out there.

Nursing Standard. 34, 9, 56-58. doi: 10.7748/ns.34.9.56.s18

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