The purpose of this
evidence-based guideline is to reduce the frequency and severity of
constipation among older adults. The guideline may be used as a reference guide
to assist clinicians who care for older adults. The goal is to maintain bowel
frequency within normal limits for each individual. This will vary with the
individual's perception. Regular bowel movements are commonly defined in the literature
as at least two-three times per week with straining at stool less than 25 % of
the time. This guideline is applicable
to older adults who are hospitalized, residing in long-term care or skilled
care facilities, or living in the community. This guideline is not intended for
the populations of enterally fed, paraplegic, or quadriplegic individuals.
Written 1996; Reviewed 2001; Revised 2009.
Toolkit Included in Guideline:
That May Induce Constipation
Diseases and Conditions Known to be Associated with Constipation
of Constipation Assessment Inventory
Pattern Assessment Form
Stool Form Scale
Fiber Values for Selected Foods
Approach to Management of Constipation
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