2018-02-02 19:00:07 UTC

It’s Time to Talk About the Hard Stuff

Feb. 6, 2018

Discussing constipation with patients may be uncomfortable, but providing information on how to relieve symptoms makes the talk worth it.

Not only is constipation uncomfortable to experience, but it can be uncomfortable to talk about, too. Patients may be hesitant to bring up this issue, but you can help provide relief by opening up the conversation and giving them information on how to feel better.

Providing patients with credible, easy-to-understand information is the first step in treating their discomfort. In this month’s Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology, the AGA Patient Education Section features detailed information on what constipation is, when to call the doctor and ways to get relief.

It’s important to make patients feel comfortable when talking about something that may make them uneasy. This patient education resource can prepare you for questions that may be asked during a visit. The easy-to-access page can be shared with patients so they can learn more about ways to safely regulate their bowel habits.

More details and additional patient resources on constipation can be found in the AGA Patient Info Center. The full AGA Patient Info Center library can now be accessed directly by your patients by visiting patientinfo.gastro.org.


More on Constipation

FDA Announces GREAT 5 Public Workshop

Feb. 16, 2018

The three-day public workshop will focus on alcoholic hepatitis and liver disease, and pediatric IBS and functional constipation.

Attend the AGA Postgraduate Course for Practical, Take Home Information

Feb. 12, 2018

Join us on June 2-3 in Washington, D.C. This course is held in conjunction with Digestive Disease Week® (DDW) 2018.

Digestive Disease Week® (DDW)

Dec. 19, 2017

Digestive Disease Week® (DDW) is the premier meeting for the GI professional. Every year it attracts approximately 15,000 physicians, researchers and academics from around the world who desire to stay up-to-date in the field.