Eric G. Tangalos, MD, FACP, AGSF, CMD
Professor of Medicine and Chair (Emeritus)
Primary Care Internal Medicine
Mayo Clinic College of Medicine
Physicians: 1 hour
Nurses: 1 contact hour
Pharmacists: 1 contact hour (0.1 CEU) Medium
Podcast (MP3 & PDF)
Constipation is the most common digestive complaint in the general population and is associated with substantial economic costs. Epidemiologic data show that the prevalence of constipation increases with age, most markedly in those 65 years of age and older. In seniors, roughly 26% of men and 34% of women complain of constipation, and severe constipation appears to predominate in women. Severe constipation is not a benign condition; it can lead to serious medical problems such as stercoral ulcers. The occurrence of fecal impaction is a sentinel event in nursing facilities, and its prevalence is one of the quality indicators. As the aging population increases, more people are requiring treatment for symptoms of constipation. Recent advances in drug development have led to promising agents that effectively treat chronic constipation safely. However, chronic constipation must be differentiated from other forms of constipation, and secondary causes, since the management principles vary. Continuing education focused on safe and effective evidence-based treatment strategies may improve clinical outcomes for residents with chronic constipation in various long-term care settings.
NOTE: If you received credit by attending one of the live symposia by the same name or by completing the online version of this program, you are not eligible to apply for credit through this podcast version.
. Target Audience
Medical directors, other physicians, nurses, and consultant pharmacists caring for older adults
Upon completion of this educational activity, the participant should be able to:
Assess the impact of chronic constipation in the elderly as it relates to quality of life, psychological effects, and healthcare economics.
Describe ways to tailor management strategies and treatment plans for the various etiologies of chronic constipation often encountered in residents of long-term care, including medication-related causes.
Evaluate the role of traditional and newer pharmacologic treatment options for chronic constipation in elderly patients with various comorbid conditions.
Apply principles of an interdisciplinary approach to monitor treatment progress and to assess the efficacy and safety of chronic constipation therapies in elderly patients.
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Dr. Tangalos has received honoraria for serving as a consultant from Sucampo Pharmaceuticals and Takeda Pharmaceuticals North America, Inc.
This educational activity may contain discussion of investigational uses of pharmaceutical agents or surgical devices. Some of these agents/devices may not have been approved by the FDA. Please refer to the official prescribing information for each product for discussion of approved indications, contraindications, and warnings. Credit Statements
Physicians: This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint sponsorship of AKH Inc. and Medical Communications Media. AKH Inc. is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
AKH Inc. designates this educational activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
Nurses: AKH Inc. is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.
AKH Inc. designates this educational activity for 1.0 contact hour (0.1 CEU).
Pharmacists: 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 program (ACPE # 203-999-08-070-H01-P) is accredited for 1.0 Contact Hour (0.1 CEU).
Credit is awarded for a score of 70% or better on the online post-test. Two re-takes are allowed on the post-test. Commercial Support Statements
Supported by an educational grant from Sucampo Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and Takeda Pharmaceuticals North America, Inc.
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