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Managing constipation in adults with co-morbidities

Gardiner, Anji; Hilton, Andrea


Anji Gardiner

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Dr Andrea Hilton
Senior Lecturer and Programme director, Non-Medical Prescribing


Constipation can be described in a number of ways but in general it is related to straining, reduced frequency of defecation and/or a sensation of incomplete bowel emptying. The ability of the bowel to empty is related to the effectiveness of colonic transit (movement of contents around the large bowel) and the normal function of the defecation mechanism. This paper provides an overview of constipation, its classification and management to relieve symptoms. An exploration of pharmacological agents is provided, particularly for those with co-morbidities. Current evidence-based practice underpins the discussion surrounding the prescribing of medicines suitable for adults presenting with constipation.


Gardiner, A., & Hilton, A. (2016). Managing constipation in adults with co-morbidities. Independent nurse, 2016(10), 21-25 .

Journal Article Type Article
Online Publication Date Jun 9, 2016
Publication Date Jun 2, 2016
Deposit Date Jun 23, 2016
Publicly Available Date Jun 23, 2016
Journal Independent Nurse
Print ISSN 1747-9800
Electronic ISSN 2052-2843
Publisher Mark Allen Healthcare
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 2016
Issue 10
Pages 21-25
Keywords Constipation
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Additional Information Authors' accepted manuscript of article published in Independent Nurse, 2016, 6 June.


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