Policy briefing

Essential bowel care advice for nurses

RCN guidance advocates a proactive approach to bowel care
Bowel cancer

The RCN has published new guidance on the assessment, treatment and management of lower bowel dysfunction

Essential information

Bowel care is an area of patient care that is frequently overlooked.

Many people can find it difficult to admit to bowel problems, the RCN says.

Charity Bowel and Bladder UK says that 10% of adults may experience bowel incontinence, with 1 to 2% reporting major symptoms. Constipation affects about 20% of the population . These symptoms can have a major impact on quality of life.

What’s new

Guidance on the assessment, treatment and management