Inpatient constipation

Joshua Allen-Dicker, Jonathan Goldman, Brijen Shah

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Constipation is a common inpatient condition and a costly consequence of medical illness, treatment, or hospitalization. This article proposes diagnostic criteria for inpatient constipation, reviews existing literature, and recommends protocols for the prevention and treatment of inpatient constipation. More research is needed to develop inpatient-specific data on prevention and treatment strategies, and on how to handle this condition during transitions of care.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)51-64
Number of pages14
JournalHospital Medicine Clinics
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2015


  • Behavioral therapy
  • Inpatient constipation
  • Pharmacologic therapy
  • Prevention


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