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Nurs Older People. 2008 Jun;20(5):22-4.

Preventing and treating constipation in later life.

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City University, City Community and Health Sciences, St Bartholomew School of Nursing and Midwifery.


Constipation is not an inevitable part of ageing. With good diet, adequate fluids and regular activity the risks can be minimised. Giving information, support and providing care involves a high level of skill. The issues of disgust and embarrassment have to be managed and the technical procedures must be learned. Supervision and support for carers is an essential component of quality care.

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