What You’ll Learn

  1. Describe the impact of constipation on quality of life for the patient with serious illness
  2. Identify best practices to assess and diagnose constipation in the patient with serious illness
  3. Explain the relationship between opioids and constipation
  4. Develop strategies to reduce the physical and emotional suffering caused by constipation

What You’ll Earn

After completing the course, you’ll earn a Verification of Attendance certificate.

CAPC members can earn the following free continuing education credits:

  • Case Management: 1.00 CE
  • Medicine: 0.75 CME, 0.75 ABIM MOC (Medical Knowledge Only)
  • Nursing: 1.00 CNE, 0.60 Pharmacotherapy
  • Social Work: 1.00 CE (NYSED)
  • Social Work: 1.00 CE (NASW)

This course is open-to-all at no cost.

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Tools & Resources

Commonly Prescribed Laxatives

Medications and dosing guidance for stimulant and osmotic laxatives. Center to Advance Palliative Care, 2017.

Symptom Management Glossary

Key terms related to symptom management. Center to Advance Palliative Care, 2017.

Course References: Constipation

Course citations. Center to Advance Palliative Care, 2015.

Opioid Risk Tool (ORT)

Validated 5-question assessment tool designed to predict which patients are at risk for opioid substance use disorder.

Fast Fact #15: Constipation

Mechanisms of constipation and best approaches to treatment.

Fast Fact #294: Opioid Induced Constipation Part 1: Established Management Strategies

Non-pharmacologic and pharmacologic approaches to managing opioid-induced constipation.

Fast Fact #295: Opioid Induced Constipation Part II: Newer Therapies

Treating opioid-induced constipation, including how and when to use newer therapies.

Drew Rosielle, MD, FAAHPM. Palliative Care, Fairview Health Services, University of Minnesota Medical School.

Lolita Melhado, MSN, ARNP, FNP-BC. Family Nurse Practitioner/Palliative Care, Gulf Coast Medical Center - Lee Memorial Health System.

Philip Higgins, PhD, LICSW. President, Lighthouse Counseling of Salem, Inc.

Amy Case, MD, FAAHPM. Associate Professor of Oncology, Chair, Department of Supportive Care.*

Melissa Bakar, MD. Assistant Professor, Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.*

Linda Pang, MD. Fellow, Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.

*indicates ABIM Peer Reviewer

Contact information: For technical questions about online activity or continuing education credits, contact membership@capc.org or 212-201-2674.

Provided by the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.