Constipation is a common presenting symptom in primary care with a prevalence increasing from 3% in young adults to up to 20% in the elderly. The prescribing of opioids for musculoskeletal pain and other conditions is common in primary care and as a result opioid-induced constipation (OIC) can occur. It is important for clinicians to remain vigilant and assess the risk for suspected cancer in patients presenting with altered bowel patterns or other red flag symptoms and signs.
This module, which has been specifically designed for Primary Care Practitioners, focuses upon the changed in bowel habit and constipation. The questions, posed as clinical cases, are typical of what one might see in clinical practice.
Once you complete the module - and achieve the minimum pass rate of 60% - you'll be awarded with a downloadable 1 hour CPD Certificate, which you can print or upload to your CPD Portfolio.
This module is composed of 13 assessment questions and on successful completion of this module, you will be able to:
Identify and manage secondary causes of constipation including drug induced constipation in a primary care setting
Appreciate how certain conditions can increase the likelihood of constipation by nature of the condition itself or the drug treatment it requires
Arrange appropriate and timely referral to secondary care services
Recognise red flag symptoms and signs in patients with constipation that require urgent specialist input