Rectal irrigation in the management of functional bowel disorders: a review

TOD, A., STRINGER, E., LEVERY, C., DEAN, J. and BROWN, J. (2007). Rectal irrigation in the management of functional bowel disorders: a review. British journal of nursing, 16 (14), 858-64.

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    Abstract

    Faecal incontinence and constipation are examples of functional bowel disorders that can lead to distressing psychological and physical symptoms which seriously impact upon quality of life. Rectal irrigation has been introduced as a treatment option for such patients. This article critically reviews and evaluates the current evidence on the effectiveness of rectal irrigation as a management option for functional bowel disorders. The review was conducted using BIOSIS, AHMED, CINAHL, MEDLINE, and Web of Knowledge. From 1051 articles identified through the literacy search, only nine were specifically concerned with the evaluation of rectal irrigation as a treatment option for functional bowel disorders. The results of the literature review do indicate that rectal irrigation could be a successful treatment option for some people, however, variations between studies and methodological limitations mean evidence of the effectiveness of rectal irrigation is lacking.

    Item Type: Article
    Uncontrolled Keywords: colonic irrigation, constipation, faecal incontinence, literature review, quality of life
    Research Institute, Centre or Group - Does NOT include content added after October 2018: Centre for Health and Social Care Research
    Page Range: 858-64
    Depositing User: Caroline Fixter
    Date Deposited: 30 Apr 2010 15:14
    Last Modified: 11 Oct 2018 13:45
    URI: http://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/1766

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