Prevalence and ramifications of chronic constipation

Lucinda A. Harris

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Constipation is a common condition, affecting 2% to 27% of North Americans. Arriving at true prevalence rates is complicated, because consensus definitions are lacking. Constipation has daily implications for those affected, and, although only one-third of affected persons seek care, it is associated with high socioeconomic costs. Traditional interventions, such as fiber and laxatives, are often recommended, but high-quality evidence of their efficacy is lacking and patient dissatisfaction is common. Improved understanding of the pathophysiology of constipation has resulted in the development and approval of a new agent for the treatment of patients with chronic idiopathic constipation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)23-30
Number of pages8
JournalManaged care interface
Issue number8
StatePublished - Aug 1 2005

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Policy


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