Constipation

Last Reviewed: November 12, 2015

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

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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Commonly Prescribed Laxatives

Last Updated: January 29, 2019

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

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Symptom Management Glossary

Last Updated: January 29, 2019

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

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Course References: Constipation

Last Updated: January 29, 2019

Course citations. Center to Advance Palliative Care, 2015.

Opioid Risk Tool (ORT)

Last Updated: January 29, 2019

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

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Fast Fact #15: Constipation

Last Updated: January 29, 2019

Mechanisms of constipation and best approaches to treatment.

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

Last Updated: January 29, 2019

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

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

Last Updated: January 29, 2019

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

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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.

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.

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