Given a patient presenting with constipation:
- Perform a patient-centered interview and focused physical exam, list and interpret clinical findings for constipation
- Propose a relevant differential diagnosis that includes common causes of constipation and less common but important causes of constipation
- Propose non-pharmacologic and pharmacologic management strategies for constipation
- List the various medication classes used to treat constipation and the appropriate use of these classes depending on presentation
CARE Guidance on Chronic Constipation Management
Gastroenterology Faculty: Guidance on Chronic Constipation Management: General Practitioner Version. CARE website. http://www.careeducation.ca/
Constipation in a 40-year-old woman
Panda H, Andrews CN. Constipation in a 40-year-old woman. CMAJ : Canadian Medical Association Journal. 2016;188(4):277-278. doi:10.1503/cmaj.150761.
Treatment of constipation in older people
Gandell D, Straus SE, Bundookwala M, Tsui V, Alibhai SM. Treatment of constipation in older people. CMAJ. 2013;185(8):663-670. doi: 10.1503/cmaj.120819 [doi].