The Pulse | Friday, January 3, 2020
Chronic Constipation: Pearls and Pitfalls
SGNA’s webinar, “Chronic Constipation: Pearls and Pitfalls,” presented by Jeanetta L W Frye, MD, focuses on what we should be asking patients about constipation, reviews the importance of a good DRE in evaluation of constipation, functional defecation disorders and more.
We spoke with Frye to learn a bit more about the topic.
What are the right questions patients should be asking about constipation prevention, monitoring or managing?
Patients should try to be open with their physician about their symptoms. This can be a sensitive topic for many people, but they should remember that their gastroenterologist specializes in this problem and is very used to talking about bathroom habits, stool, etc. — on a daily basis! The more honest and open a patient can be, the more their physician will be able to help.
Why did you choose this topic to speak about? Why is it important to yourself and the GI community?
I am very passionate about constipation because I think it is often an over-looked problem for many patients. So many patients suffer with this [condition] and may never discuss it with their doctor. I want to promote an open and honest discussion (without embarrassment) for patients.
Why is this topic significant to GI community?
This topic is so significant for GI nurses and associates because they are often on the front lines talking to patients. Most of my patients speak with my nurse more than with me — if nurses develop great skills and understanding about the pathophysiology and treatment of constipation, they can truly be a resource for our patients.
Hear more from Frye and access the webinar here.
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