Assessment of constipation management in long-term care patients.

  title={Assessment of constipation management in long-term care patients.},
  author={Cheryl Phillips and David Polakoff and Susan K Maue and Robert P. Mauch},
  journal={Journal of the American Medical Directors Association},
  volume={2 4},
OBJECTIVES To determine the prevalence of diagnosed constipation among nursing home patients; to assess the prevalence of routine (at least one time per week for 4 consecutive weeks) laxative use; and to investigate prescribing practices. DESIGN A retrospective multi-center medical record evaluation. SETTING Any one of 25 nursing facilities representative of a long-term care pharmaceutical provider's geographical coverage. PARTICIPANTS All patients under the age of 65, and/or who had… CONTINUE READING


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