New Guidance for Patients with Chronic Constipation

25th June 2020

The Bowel Interest Group have updated their treatment pathway for patients with chronic constipation.

Research has shown that chronic constipation costs the NHS £71 million per year in unplanned emergency hospital admissions. Bowel complaints also carry enormous stigma, with one in five too embarrassed to talk to their GP about it. This can lead to debilitating physical and psychological distress and other complications, such as urinary tract infections (UTIs) and chronic pain.

To assist healthcare professions, the Bowel Interest Group has launched an updated edition of its ‘Interactive Treatment Pathway’ for chronic constipation.


“Better treatment of constipation reduces the burden on the NHS while also having a profoundly positive effect on people’s health, quality of life, dignity and requirement for healthcare. This document is a support tool aimed at all clinicians, specialist care professionals, general practitioners and commissioners and can be used in tandem with the other important information on the subject published by the Bowel Interest Group”

– Professor Anton Emmanuel

If you struggle with chronic constipation, ask your doctor, GP or nurse practitioner about the pathway on your next visit and how it may apply to you.

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