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Accolade for research into managing constipation with abdominal massage

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Doreen McClurg, a Research Fellow at the Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health Professions Research Unit, Glasgow Caledonian University has won the Bowel Interest Group award at the ACA conference in June.

Dr McClurg is planning to undertake a randomised controlled pilot study of the effect of abdominal massage on the relief of constipation in people with multiple sclerosis (MS). In this pilot study 30 patients will be recruited and randomised to a group that will receive advice, and a group that will receive advice and will be shown how to undertake abdominal massage.

It is hoped that this study will provide evidence for a multi-centred randomised controlled trial.

Abdominal massage has been recommended for the relief of constipation and there is renewed interest in this technique in the palliative care setting and MS literature. There is little evidence to support its use in practice.

The Bowel Interest Group is an ACA special interest group which has an annual award of £1000, sponsored by Norgine Pharmaceuticals. Members can apply for this award if they have an innovative project relating to bowel problems.

The Pilot Study is funded by the MS Trust.

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