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Br J Nurs. 1996 Nov 14-27;5(20):1252-8.

The causes and nursing management of constipation.

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Northwick Park and St Mark's NHS Trust, Harrow, Middlesex.

Abstract

Constipation is a common symptom in the Western world with up to 10% of the population experiencing some difficulty with bowel evacuation. The consequences are seldom serious or life-threatening, but constipation is undoubtedly the cause of much chronic discomfort and misery. Most nurses will encounter constipated patients on a regular basis. It is therefore important for nurses to understand the causes of constipation so that an appropriate history can be taken and further investigations suggested if necessary.

PMID:
9004563
DOI:
10.12968/bjon.1996.5.20.1252
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