Constipation in palliative care: Treatment options and considerations for individual patient management

Andrews, A. and Morgan, G. (2013) Constipation in palliative care: Treatment options and considerations for individual patient management. International Journal of Palliative Nursing, 19 (6). pp. 266-273. ISSN 13576321 (ISSN)

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Abstract

Constipation is an all too common symptom in palliative care patients and may be associated with a range of severe issues and experiences. Its effects on patients contribute to both physical and psychological scarring during a very distressing stage of life not only for the patient but also for their caregivers. It is during this time that, too often, the complexity of managing the condition moves the locus of control away from the patient toward the health professionals. This article considers a number of different treatment options and facets of individual management that may enable patients to move the locus of control back to a position of joint management by patients, caregivers, and health professionals. © 2013 MA Healthcare Ltd.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Abdominal massage, Constipation, Medical management, Mu-opioid receptors, Palliative care, narcotic antagonist, article, constipation, human, lifestyle, massage, nursing, palliative therapy, psychological aspect, Constipation, Humans, Life Style, Massage, Narcotic Antagonists, Palliative Care
Subjects: B700 Nursing
Divisions: Faculty of Arts, Design and Media > Birmingham Conservatoire
Faculty of Health, Education and Life Sciences > Centre for Social Care, Health and Related Research (C-SHARR) > Quality of Care
Faculty of Health, Education and Life Sciences > School of Nursing and Midwifery
Depositing User: Hussen Farooq
Date Deposited: 25 Feb 2017 07:03
Last Modified: 25 Feb 2017 07:03
URI: http://www.open-access.bcu.ac.uk/id/eprint/2658

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