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Constipation: proposed natural laxative mixtures.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  1479159     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The treatment of constipation in the elderly is one of the most common problems encountered by the geriatric nurse practitioner (Aman, 1990; Brocklehurst, 1983; Shefts, 1984). Management of bowel habits with this age group is difficult, often resulting in mismanagement and the need for invasive measures, such as suppositories and enemas. Yet, it is possible bowel habits for these patients might be regulated by maintaining their dietary, dentition, and mobility requirements so that the use of invasive measures as well as associated product costs are minimized. A review of the literature revealed normal defecation ranges in frequency from three times a day to three times a week (Connel, 1965). As reported by Wright and Staats (1986), however, the "interval between bowel movements generally lengthens in debilitated older people."
L Beverley; I Travis
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of gerontological nursing     Volume:  18     ISSN:  0098-9134     ISO Abbreviation:  J Gerontol Nurs     Publication Date:  1992 Oct 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1993-02-11     Completed Date:  1993-02-11     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7510258     Medline TA:  J Gerontol Nurs     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  5-12     Citation Subset:  N    
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MeSH Terms
Aged, 80 and over
Constipation / diet therapy*,  nursing,  prevention & control
Geriatric Nursing / methods*
Middle Aged
Nursing Evaluation Research
Patient Care Planning*

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