Management of opioid-induced constipation for people in palliative care.

@article{Prichard2015ManagementOO,
  title={Management of opioid-induced constipation for people in palliative care.},
  author={David Prichard and Adil E Bharucha},
  journal={International journal of palliative nursing},
  year={2015},
  volume={21 6},
  pages={272, 274-80}
}
Constipation is common in the palliative population. Opioid medications, which are frequently prescribed to this cohort, represent a significant risk factor for this condition. Opioid-induced constipation may be of such severity that opioid doses are reduced or missed, and analgesia and quality of life are therefore reduced. However, underlying chronic constipation, local and systemic disease effects, and other medications may also precipitate constipation in this population. The assessment and… CONTINUE READING