Evidence-based management of constipation in the oncology patient.

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10541/84117
Title:
Evidence-based management of constipation in the oncology patient.
Authors:
Smith, Sam
Abstract:
Constipation is suffered by over 50% of cancer patients and is regarded as one of the most distressing symptoms causing both physical and emotional distress. A need to treat constipation is often due to a failure to prevent it. There is little literature in this area and research based on clinical trials as to best treatment is virtually non-existent. It is suggested that many health-care professionals dismiss constipation as a relatively trivial problem, resulting in a lack of attention to the subject. There is a lack of consensus on the definition of constipation and confusion regarding effective methods for prevention and treatment. It could be argued that health-care professionals are more intent on monitoring the direct effects rather than the secondary effects of treatment. Since constipation is largely preventable, there is a need to highlight the importance of prevention in addition to establishing effective treatment guidelines. Oncology nurses are in an ideal position to identify cancer patients in a high-risk category and utilize preventive strategies. The study described has led to the development of evidence-based drug guidelines to be used in the prevention of constipation and acute/chronic constipation to ensure that patients receive the best treatment possible.
Affiliation:
Young Oncology Unit, Christie Hospital NHS Trust, Wilmslow Road, Withington, Manchester M20 4 BX, UK.
Citation:
Evidence-based management of constipation in the oncology patient. 2001, 5 (1):18-25 Eur J Oncol Nurs
Journal:
European Journal of Oncology Nursing
Issue Date:
Mar-2001
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10541/84117
DOI:
10.1054/ejon.2000.0119
PubMed ID:
12849044
Type:
Article
Language:
en
ISSN:
1462-3889
Appears in Collections:
All Christie Publications

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DC FieldValue Language
dc.contributor.authorSmith, Samen
dc.date.accessioned2009-10-13T08:31:00Z-
dc.date.available2009-10-13T08:31:00Z-
dc.date.issued2001-03-
dc.identifier.citationEvidence-based management of constipation in the oncology patient. 2001, 5 (1):18-25 Eur J Oncol Nursen
dc.identifier.issn1462-3889-
dc.identifier.pmid12849044-
dc.identifier.doi10.1054/ejon.2000.0119-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10541/84117-
dc.description.abstractConstipation is suffered by over 50% of cancer patients and is regarded as one of the most distressing symptoms causing both physical and emotional distress. A need to treat constipation is often due to a failure to prevent it. There is little literature in this area and research based on clinical trials as to best treatment is virtually non-existent. It is suggested that many health-care professionals dismiss constipation as a relatively trivial problem, resulting in a lack of attention to the subject. There is a lack of consensus on the definition of constipation and confusion regarding effective methods for prevention and treatment. It could be argued that health-care professionals are more intent on monitoring the direct effects rather than the secondary effects of treatment. Since constipation is largely preventable, there is a need to highlight the importance of prevention in addition to establishing effective treatment guidelines. Oncology nurses are in an ideal position to identify cancer patients in a high-risk category and utilize preventive strategies. The study described has led to the development of evidence-based drug guidelines to be used in the prevention of constipation and acute/chronic constipation to ensure that patients receive the best treatment possible.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.subjectConstipationen
dc.subjectCanceren
dc.subjectPreventionen
dc.subjectTreatmenten
dc.titleEvidence-based management of constipation in the oncology patient.en
dc.typeArticleen
dc.contributor.departmentYoung Oncology Unit, Christie Hospital NHS Trust, Wilmslow Road, Withington, Manchester M20 4 BX, UK.en
dc.identifier.journalEuropean Journal of Oncology Nursingen
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