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. It is associated with worsening quality of life, which is a particular issue in palliative care, where drug treatments, such as opiates, are commonly associated with constipation. In consequence, recent guidance has evolved to help support the management of constipation and newer therapies are available that expand the ability to provide effective treatment beyond traditional laxatives.
This module, which consists of 16 multiple-choice questions, is designed to assess your knowledge of issues relating to constipation with an emphasis on opiate-induced constipation and associated guidance. 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.
The aims and objectives of this module are to:
Raise awareness regarding the physical and health economic implications of constipation
Improve your knowledge of issues surrounding the prevention and management of opiate-induced constipation (OIC) and newer therapies available to complement traditional approaches to care
Raise awareness of the investigation and management of chronic constipation with reference to recent guidance