The management of constipation in hospital inpatients

Br J Hosp Med (Lond). 2007 Mar;68(3):145-7. doi: 10.12968/hmed.2007.68.3.22851.


This article reviews the causes of constipation in hospital and how it can be prevented with simple measures. A review of laxatives available on hospital words is provided for the reader and recommendations are made.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Age Factors
  • Cathartics / therapeutic use*
  • Constipation / etiology
  • Constipation / therapy*
  • Enema / methods
  • Hospitalization*
  • Humans
  • Suppositories


  • Cathartics
  • Suppositories