Constipation assessment

Constipation is a symptom associated with both the treatments given to palliative care patients and some of the illness's effects. It is commonly described as having fewer than three bowel movements a week or difficult passage of stools (Albert et al., 2017). Management of constipation is significant since it can lead to pain, vomiting, restlessness, and delirium.

Here is a list of some diseases and treatments that can promote constipation:

Diseases that can lead to problems with constipation.

Treatments and situations that can lead to constipation.

Here are some measures that can be used to prevent constipation.

Treatment measures

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Constipation is defined as having fewer than five bowel movements a week.



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