Constipation management in palliative care: Treatments and the potential of independent nurse prescribing

Andrews, A. and Morgan, G. (2012) Constipation management in palliative care: Treatments and the potential of independent nurse prescribing. International Journal of Palliative Nursing, 18 (1). pp. 17-22. ISSN 13576321 (ISSN)

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Constipation is a common symptom in palliative care patients that can generate considerable suffering owing to both the inherent physical discomfort and the attendant psychological issues such as embarrassment. This article considers the management of constipation for palliative care patients, including the importance of the patient's own definition of their problem, the need for thorough and frequent assessment, established treatment options, and the challenges that nurses may face. It provides a simple algorithm to assist in the management process, and also looks at the current strength of the evidence base for two more recent therapies. Finally, it examines the potential of the independent nurse prescriber (INP) for constipation management in the UK, using a brief case study to illustrate a commonly experienced constipation management scenario for the INP in the community setting.

Item Type: Article
January 2012Published
Uncontrolled Keywords: Constipation, Independant nurse prescribing, Methylnaltrexone, Palliative care, article, constipation, human, national health service, nursing, nursing assessment, palliative therapy, United Kingdom, Constipation, Great Britain, Humans, Nursing Assessment, Palliative Care, State Medicine
Subjects: CAH02 - subjects allied to medicine > CAH02-04 - nursing and midwifery > CAH02-04-01 - nursing (non-specific)
CAH01 - medicine and dentistry > CAH01-01 - medicine and dentistry > CAH01-01-01 - medical sciences (non-specific)
Divisions: Faculty of Health, Education and Life Sciences > School of Nursing and Midwifery
Depositing User: Hussen Farooq
Date Deposited: 25 Feb 2017 11:36
Last Modified: 03 Mar 2022 15:38

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