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Children and adolescents with chronic constipation: how many seek healthcare and what determines it?

Show simple item record Rajindrajith, S. en_US Devanarayana, N.M. en_US Benninga, M.A. en_US 2014-10-29T09:39:47Z 2014-10-29T09:39:47Z 2012 en_US
dc.identifier.citation Journal of Tropical Pediatrics. 2012; 58(4): 280-5 en_US
dc.identifier.issn 0142-6338 (Print) en_US
dc.identifier.issn 1465-3664 (Electronic) en_US
dc.description.abstract This island-wide cross-sectional survey was conducted to assess the healthcare consultations in Sri Lankan children with constipation. Children aged 10-16 years were randomly selected from five randomly selected schools in three randomly selected provinces of Sri Lanka. Data were collected using a pre-tested questionnaire based on Rome III criteria. Of the 2770 questionnaires distributed, 2694 (97.3%) properly filled questionnaires were included in the analysis. From 416 (15.4%) children with chronic constipation, only 16 (3.8%) had sought medical advice during the previous 12 months. Younger children and those with a similar family history were more likely to seek healthcare. The majority of children with symptoms indicating severe constipation such as painful defecation, large volume stool, faecal incontinence and blood stained stools had not sought medical help for their symptoms. Parents should pay more attention to bowel habits of their children to identify and treat constipation early to prevent complications.
dc.publisher Oxford University Press en_US
dc.title Children and adolescents with chronic constipation: how many seek healthcare and what determines it? en_US
dc.type Article en_US
dc.identifier.department Paediatrics en_US
dc.identifier.department Physiology en_US
dc.creator.corporateauthor University of California Los Angeles Division of Population Family and International Health en_US
dc.creator.corporateauthor British Postgraduate Medical Federation Tropical Child Health Unit en_US
dc.description.note Indexed in MEDLINE en_US

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