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How are your bowel motions? The question nurses need to ask

Patients may be embarrassed to talk about it, but bowel problems affect quality of life and help is available

Patients may be embarrassed to talk about it, but bowel problems affect quality of life and help is available

  • Up to one in seven adults and one in three children are thought to be affected by constipation
  • It can cause anxiety and depression and affect school or work performance, as individuals may be reluctant to go out or ignore the urge to go to the toilet in public places
  • Advice on how to help patients, how to broach the subject, and options for addressing the problem, including diet, exercise, toileting routines and laxatives
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Bowel care is of great importance for a patient’s quality of life, yet many people are too embarrassed to discuss the

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