Constipation can cause significant pain and discomfort to the individual experiencing it and is one of the most common concerns for patients who are receiving palliative care.
This Course focuses on the assessment and management of constipation in palliative care so as to reduce discomfort and improve quality of life.
- Causes and symptoms of constipation;
- Assessment of bowel function;
- Management of constipation in palliative care.
Constipation is a clinically significant cause of distress for people receiving palliative care and family members who care for them.
With sound assessment, we can identify a constellation of strategies to address the management of constipation in those receiving palliative care. The need for education in the assessment of, and intervention strategies for, constipation, is required.
The purpose of this Course is to assist registered nurses in the application of best available evidence and expert opinion for the assessment and management of constipation in palliative care.
- Explain the significance of constipation in palliative care.
- Describe how the bowel function of a person receiving palliative care may be assessed.
- Identify management strategies for constipation in the person with advanced disease.
This Course is most relevant to registered nurses and other healthcare professionals working in palliative care, aged care, and acute and community care settings.
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