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. Clinicians need to remain vigilant and assess the risk for suspected cancer in patients presenting with altered bowel patterns or other red-flag symptoms and signs.
We understand the unique challenges faced by primary care practitioners. This module is curated to address real-world scenarios commonly encountered in your day-to-day practice. The questions, posed as clinical cases, are typical of what one might see in clinical practice.
Upon successful completion of this module and achieving a minimum pass rate of 60%, you will receive a downloadable 1-hour CPD Certificate. This certificate is a valuable addition to your professional portfolio, demonstrating your commitment to ongoing learning and enhancing your credibility as a healthcare professional.
This module is composed of 13 assessment questions and upon 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