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Constipation is an unpleasant and often distressing symptom that can happen to anyone at any time.

The severity of constipation may vary from the slight, causing no disruption to life; to the severe, impacting on an individual's physical, psychological and social well-being.

The following articles give details of the assessment of patients to assess their risk for constipation as well as management strategies

Bowel care part 1 - Assessment of constipation

Bowel care part 2 - Assessment of functional constipation in children

Norgine risk assessment tool

Managingconstipation in advancedcancer care

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