ISSN 2149-2247 | E-ISSN 2149-2549
Original Article
Functional Constipation in Healthcare Professionals at a University Hospital
1 Fırat University, Elazığ, Turkey  
Erciyes Med J ; : -
DOI: 10.5152/etd.2018.18104
Key Words: Functional constipation, healthcare professionals, university hospital
Abstract

Objective: In this study, our objective was to determine the frequency of functional constipation, which is a common form of the functional gastrointestinal disorders, in the healthcare professionals. 


Materials and Methods
: In this study, a survey based on the Rome  III criteria was conducted with the personnel working in the xxx University in order to determine the frequency of functional constipation. The survey was mainly focused on the night shift personnel. For statistical analysis, p<0.05 was considered as significant.


Results
: A total of 217 individuals participated and evaluated in the survey. The mean age of the participants was 30.08+7.83 years and the 148 of them were females (68.2 %). 73 of these participants (33.2 %) complained of constipation and 47 (21.7 %) stated that they were smokers. 57 of the participants (79.2 %), who complained of constipation, were females (p<0.05); 41 of them were married (56.9 %) (p<0.05). 115 of the participants (53 %) had night shift averagely 7.63+2.72 nights per months and 42 of them (36.5 %) complained of constipation (p>0.05). However, only one-fourth of the participants with constipation were using laxative agents. 23.6 % of the participants with constipation stated that their family members had similar complaints  (p<0.05).


Conclusion
: The results of this study showed that one-third of the healthcare personnel of the university hospital had constipation. We concluded that the productivity of the healthcare personnel, who have an important role in the examination and treatment process of the patients, will increase with training about functional constipation. 


Cite this article as
: Altay D, Doğan Y. Functional Constipation in Healthcare Professionals at a University Hospital. Erciyes Med J 2018; DOI: 10.5152/etd.2018.18104

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