Saturday, October 25, 2014

Helping Pediatricians Improve Treatment of Autism-Related Constipation

1. Families should take the lead in establishing treatment goals. ?or one family, goals might include their child being able to make a bowel movement without pain,?Cole explained. ?or another, it might include having more than one bowel movement a week or having a child take his constipation medicine without a fight.?lt;/p>

2. Move from physician-led to team-based care. Treatment of chronic constipation should involve as many of the patient? caregivers as possible. In addition to parents and doctors, this can include nurses, behavioral therapists, daycare staff, behavioral therapists, etc.

3. Emphasize problem-solving over prescriptions. ?ften the solutions to a chronic problem like constipation involve more education and problem-solving than medicine,?Cole said. The investigators made use of Autism Speaks?ATN/AIR-P Guide for Managing Constipation. ?e gave copies to families and sent them to their primary care providers to help them understand what we were doing,?Cole explained.

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