Use of laxatives in institutions for the mentally retarded

  title={Use of laxatives in institutions for the mentally retarded},
  author={Myriam van Winckel and Robert H. Vander Stichele and Dirk De Bacquer and M. Van den Bogaert},
  journal={European Journal of Clinical Pharmacology},
Objective: To study, in institutionalized mentally retarded patients, the prevalence of regular laxative use, and to identify its correlates. Methods: Twenty-one of the 22 institutions for the mentally retarded in Flanders (Belgium) provided the setting for the study, which included a population of 3712 residents with an IQ of <50. This was a descriptive cross-sectional study of a random sample of 20 patients per institution, consisting of a structured interview of the personnel responsible for… CONTINUE READING

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