Registed Nurses' Association of Ontario

Prevention of Constipation in the Older Adult Population

Project / Initiative: 
Long-Term Care Best Practices Program
Type of Guideline: 
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About this Guideline:

Reduce the frequency and severity of constipation among older adults through the use of adequate hydration and dietary fibre, regular consistent toileting and physical activity.

Achieving and maintaining a pattern of normal bowel elimination will prevent constipation, decrease the use of laxatives, and improve the quality of life for older adults.
Published: 2005
Supplement: 2005
Revised: 2011

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