Disturbed bowel function resulting in the symptoms that patients describe as ‘constipation’ is frequently encountered in palliative care. Despite the attention of staff on quantifying the frequency or character of stools, ultimately constipation is a highly subjective sensation. As clinicians, we must rely on patients' assessment of the experience.
- disturbed bowel function
- palliative care
Clark, K., & Currow, D. C. (2014). Advancing research into symptoms of constipation at the end of life. International Journal of Palliative Nursing, 20(8), 370-372. https://doi.org/10.12968/ijpn.2014.20.8.370