Last 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
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)
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Tools & Resources
Commonly Prescribed Laxatives
Medications and dosing guidance for stimulant and osmotic laxatives. Center to Advance Palliative Care, 2017.download
Symptom Management Glossary
Key terms related to symptom management. Center to Advance Palliative Care, 2017.download
Course References: Constipation
Course citations. Center to Advance Palliative Care, 2015.download
Opioid Risk Tool (ORT)
Validated 5-question assessment tool designed to predict which patients are at risk for opioid substance use disorder.view
Fast Fact #15: Constipation
Mechanisms of constipation and best approaches to treatment.view
Fast Fact #294: Opioid Induced Constipation Part 1: Established Management Strategies
Non-pharmacologic and pharmacologic approaches to managing opioid-induced constipation.view
Fast Fact #295: Opioid Induced Constipation Part II: Newer Therapies
Treating opioid-induced constipation, including how and when to use newer therapies.view
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
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