Managing Chronic Constipation in Your Facility: Addressing Challenges, Outlining Interdisciplinary Protocols, and Tailoring Treatment Plans
Release Date: March-15-10
This activity has been developed specifically for medical directors, consultant pharmacists, directors of nursing, nurse practitioners, and other physicians, pharmacists, and nurses in long-term care settings.
Severe constipation is not a benign condition; it can dramatically impact quality of life and lead to serious medical problems. Residents in long-term care are at particular risk, due to additional chronic disease burdens, immobility, and/or functional limitations. Effective management of chronic constipation in long-term care facilities requires the attention of the entire interdisciplinary team. Each member of the team, from the medical director to the nurses' assistant, plays a crucial role, and each member of the team must understand how his or her role impacts patient care and outcomes. Effective management requires a combination of provider and patient education, lifestyle or pharmacologic modifications, and the judicious use of pharmacologic and nonpharmacologic therapies.
This activity will identify the barriers to optimal management of chronic constipation and highlight effective strategies for overcoming them. The activity will describe interdisciplinary approaches to care and provide examples of treatment plans tailored for individual patients, and institutional bowel protocols. Through collaborative efforts, the interdisciplinary team can help lessen the healthcare burdens attributable to chronic constipation and significantly improve the lives of the older adults in their care.
Michael R. Brodeur, PharmD, CGP, FASCP
Department of Pharmacy Practice
Albany College of Pharmacy
Albany, New York
Naushira Pandya MD, CMD
Associate Professor and Chair
Department of Geriatrics
Director, Geriatrics Education Center
Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine
Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
Eric G. Tangalos, MD, FACP, AGSF, CMD
Professor of Medicine and Chair (Emeritus)
Primary Care Internal Medicine
Mayo Clinic College of Medicine
Samaritan Bethany Heights Skilled Nursing Center
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Dr. Brodeur, Dr. Pandya, and Dr. Tangalos have no relevant financial relationships to disclose.
Pharmacy Continuing Education: The American Society of Consultant Pharmacists (ASCP) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) as a provider of continuing pharmacy education. This activity (UAN 203-999-10-002-C01-P) was developed by ASCP and is approved for 1.0 Contact Hour (0.1 CEU).
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Participants must successfully complete the post test (70% or higher) and submit an evaluation to receive credit. A statement of credit will be available immediately if the post-test and evaluation are completed online, or mailed within 4-6 weeks if they are submitted by mail. There is no fee to participate in this activity.
Supported by an educational grant from Sucampo Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and Takeda Pharmaceuticals North America, Inc.