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Psychosocial impact of chronic constipation

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)16-20
Number of pages5
JournalGastrointestinal Nursing
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 16 Aug 2013

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Constipation is a symptom-based disorder that affects a significant percentage of the UK population at some point in their life. The disorder is considered chronic if symptoms persist for longer than three months. Chronic idiopathic constipation most commonly affects women and has been shown to be associated with anxiety, depression and poorer quality of life. In this paper, Sue Woodward suggests that practitioners should make an assessment of the psychosocial impact of constipation on individuals under their care, which should include an assessment of the impact of constipation on relationships and quality of life. Successful treatment of constipation has been shown to improve symptoms of anxiety and depression as well as quality of life.

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