Planning bowel management

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Bowel management should be personalised for each individual.

To achieve optimal bowel function, the following factors should be taken into account for each person:

  • Type of bowel dysfunction
  • Co-morbid pathologies of the gastrointestinal tract
  • Medications (and their side-effects)
  • Functional ability, particularly mobility, transfers, sitting balance, arm reach and hand function
  • Cognitive ability
  • Personal factors such as diet, fluid intake, food preferences, activity and exercise patterns, lifestyle, motivation, problem solving skills
  • Personal history of bowel management
  • Availability of a carer with the required skillset
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