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Ismail N.,Countess of Chester Foundation Trust NHS Hospital | Ratchford I.,Countess of Chester Foundation Trust NHS Hospital | Proudfoot C.,Countess of Chester Foundation Trust NHS Hospital | Gibbs J.,Countess of Chester Foundation Trust NHS Hospital
Journal of Child Health Care | Year: 2011

The impact of a nurse-led constipation clinic was assessed by evaluating the first 50 patients, aged 1.5 to 10 years, using a questionnaire before initial clinic visit and at the third clinic visit, three to four months later. Patients had been constipated for at least six months. The nurses explained the physiology of constipation, the rationale for laxative treatment and the need to comply with treatment. Good toileting behaviour was encouraged. This resulted in an increase in defaecation frequency and stool softness, whereas soiling and pain on defaecation decreased. There was no significant change in the amount of laxatives taken, although it was suspected that compliance improved. Parental understanding of constipation and its management increased. Overall, the control of constipation in children improved markedly through attendance at a nurse-led clinic. © The Author(s) 2011. Source

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