The nurse’s role in managing constipation
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The nurse’s role in managing constipation

Angela Day Senior Lecturer, Health Care Practice, Anglia Polytechnic University

Constipation is a problem that affects patients in many care settings. Although recommendations are made for specific groups of patients with constipation, such as older patients and children, there is less information available for general adult patients. Angela Day discusses the need for clinical audit to ensure that nurses are using the most effective options for managing and preventing constipation, and examines the treatment options currently available.

Nursing Standard. 16, 8, 41-44. doi: 10.7748/ns2001.


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