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Constipation in older adults

K. Bailes, Barbara EdD, RN, ANP-BC, GNP-RC; Reeve, Kathleen DrPH, ANP-BC, FNP

doi: 10.1097/01.NPR.0000431882.25363.5f
Feature: DIGESTIVE HEALTH

Constipation is a common complaint in the general population, particularly among older adults. Patients present with infrequent bowel movements or difficulty passing stools. Management of this uncomfortable condition involves diet, fluid intake, and medications.

Barbara K. Bailes is an associate professor of nursing at University of Texas Health Science Center School of Nursing, Houston, Tex. Kathleen Reeve is Johnson Endowed Chair, Director ANP Program, University of Houston-Victoria, Sugar Land, Tex.

The authors have disclosed that they have no financial relationships related to this article.

© 2013 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins