How much does it cost a specialist palliative care unit to manage constipation in patients receiving opioid therapy?


The burden of constipation from the patient's perspective has been well described. The aim of this study was to evaluate the cost of managing constipation in patients taking opioids in a specialist palliative care inpatient unit. A retrospective review of the medical records of 58 patients (70 admissions) who died during a six-month period was undertaken to… (More)
DOI: 10.1016/j.jpainsymman.2009.09.007