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Review of laxative utilization in a skilled nursing facility.
J Am Geriatr Soc. 1978 Dec; 26(12):544-9.JA

Abstract

Laxatives are the most frequently prescribed drugs in long-term care facilities. Of all nursing home patients, 58 percent receive laxatives--often more than one, and usually on a "prn" basis. This pattern of dosage is probably used in an effort to prevent constipation. Selection of a laxative should be based on careful evaluation of the cause of constipation, with due consideration being given to differences in drug effectiveness and the incidence of side effects. A review of laxative utilization among 73 elderly patients in a large metropolitan skilled nursing facility showed a rational use of these drugs. However, more attention should have been paid to the dietary management of constipation.

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Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

101574

Citation

Lamy, P P., and B H. Krug. "Review of Laxative Utilization in a Skilled Nursing Facility." Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, vol. 26, no. 12, 1978, pp. 544-9.
Lamy PP, Krug BH. Review of laxative utilization in a skilled nursing facility. J Am Geriatr Soc. 1978;26(12):544-9.
Lamy, P. P., & Krug, B. H. (1978). Review of laxative utilization in a skilled nursing facility. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 26(12), 544-9.
Lamy PP, Krug BH. Review of Laxative Utilization in a Skilled Nursing Facility. J Am Geriatr Soc. 1978;26(12):544-9. PubMed PMID: 101574.
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