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Acta Paulista de Enfermagem

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ENGLER, Tânia Mara Nascimento de Miranda; FARAGE, Luciano  and  MELLO, Paulo Andrade de. Constipation in patients admitted to the neurological rehabilitation program. Acta paul. enferm. [online]. 2011, vol.24, n.6, pp.804-809. ISSN 0103-2100.

OBJECTIVES: To determine the prevalence of constipation in patients admitted for rehabilitation and to verify the results of two intervention models for bowel retraining during hospitalization. METHODS: A longitudinal, analytical study, with 98 patients admitted to rehabilitation ward between December 2009 and May 2010. RESULTS: The prevalence of constipation was 57.1%, there was no correlation with gender, education, age, transportation assistance, language disorder, physical activity, diet and presence of constipation; the improvement in functional capacity was a predictor of progress in intestinal frequency; interventions introduced demonstrated an important role in improving bowel habits. CONCLUSIONS: Conduct studies may provide treatment options for constipation, improving the quality of life for these individuals.

Keywords : Constipation; Stroke; Rehabilitation Centers.

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