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Management of constipation in the community

Constipation is one of the most common gastrointestinal problems experienced by the general population, with an estimated UK prevalence of 52 per cent. Despite this, constipation is often both misdiagnosed and under-treated both in children and adults. This paper will look at the issues and suggest specific management strategies for addressing constipation in both the general adult population and these apparently vulnerable groups.

June Rogers MBE, RN, RSCN, BA(Hons), MSc, ENB 216, ENB N01, ENB 978. PromoCon Team Director, Disabled Living Manchester.

Article accepted for publication: January 2013