ConstipationLast Reviewed: November 12, 2015
What You’ll Learn
- Describe the impact of constipation on quality of life for the patient with serious illness
- Identify best practices to assess and diagnose constipation in the patient with serious illness
- Explain the relationship between opioids and constipation
- Develop strategies to reduce the physical and emotional suffering caused by constipation
What You’ll Earn
CAPC members can earn the following free continuing education credits:
Case Management: 1.00 CE
Medicine: 0.75 CME, 0.75 ABIM MOC
Nursing: 1.00 CNE, 0.60 Pharmacotherapy
Social Work: 1.00 CE (NASW)
Social Work: 1.00 CE (NYSED)
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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..
Linda Pang, MD. Fellow, Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.
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