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Beliefs and behavioural responses to constipation among elderly Malays in north-eastern Peninsular Malaysia

Abdul Wahab, Patimah and Yeong, Yeh Lee and Ali, Siti Hawa and Abdul Kadir, Azidah and Mohd Yusoff, Dariah (2017) Beliefs and behavioural responses to constipation among elderly Malays in north-eastern Peninsular Malaysia. Australian and New Zealand Continence Journal, 23 (3 (Spring)). pp. 76-83. ISSN 1448–0131

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Beliefs and behavioural responses to constipation may be different in an elderly population of Malay ethnicity. An exploratory study, based on a grounded theory approach, used a semistructured interview to collect data from elderly residents from the north-eastern region of Peninsular Malaysia. A total of 46 elderly people (29 women and 17 men) of Malay ethnicity participated. The study demonstrated that this population had unique beliefs and behavioural responses towards constipation. Specifically, they viewed symptoms associated with constipation as taboo, mild or of low impact, were related to diet and were a part of the normal ageing process. Participants described ways they selfmanaged constipation, including the use of home remedies. However, whether successful or not in their self-management, they adapted to their symptoms over time unless severe, or they developed haemorrhoids. This study identified and highlighted the importance of including screening for constipation when assessing the health of an older person and educating older people about constipation.

Item Type: Article (Journal)
Additional Information: 8967/71809
Uncontrolled Keywords: Constipation, elderly, grounded theory, lived experience, perception
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes (Can select more than one option. Press CONTROL button): Kulliyyah of Nursing > Department of Medical Surgical Nursing
Kulliyyah of Nursing
Depositing User: Dr Patimah Abdul Wahab
Date Deposited: 25 Apr 2019 12:32
Last Modified: 25 Apr 2019 12:32
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/71809

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