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Despite being one of the most common gastrointestinal conditions, the evaluation and treatment of constipation can be challenging. Many physicians are poorly trained in the management of these patients and even some gastroenterologists find it difficult. Nevertheless, by following a systematic, pathophysiologic and evidence-based approach, the clinician will be able to treat the vast majority of constipated patients.

This online course covers the most relevant aspects regarding constipation, ranging from the physiology of defecation, to pathophysiology, investigations, treatment and management in special situations. The course includes comprehensive ppt slides and audio recordings. 

The combined footage has a total duration of approximately 50 minutes. The estimated time needed to complete the course, including the final assessment, is 1 h.

This course was developed by: UEG.

  • To understand the multiplicity of symptoms in constipation.
  • To learn the pathophysiology and classification of chronic constipation.
  • To learn the association of symptoms with the pathophysiology of constipation.
  • Be able to develop an approach to the investigation of chronic constipation (exclude secondary cause and explore primary pathophysiology).
  • Acquire a practical approach to laxative therapy.
  • Understand the place and effect of complex emerging therapies.

Editor, UEG E-learning
Tomer Adar, Senior Gastroenterologist, Digestive Diseases Institute, Shaare-Zedek Medical Center, Israel. 

Lead author:
Anton Emmanuel, Senior Lecturer on Neuro-Gastroenterology at University College London, UK, and Consultant Gastroenterologist at University College Hospital at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery (Queen Square) and the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital (Stanmore), London, UK. 

Dan Meir Livovsky, Senior Gastroenterologist, The Neurogastroenterology and Pelvic Flor unit, Digestive Diseases Institute, Shaare-Zedek Medical Center, Israel.

This course is suitable for general gastroenterologists (trainees and seniors), surgeons, family physicians, general practitioners and any other healthcare professionals interested or involved in the diagnosis and management of chronic constipation in adults.

  • The course is designed to last approximately 1 h in total. 
  • All authors and the course editor have declared that they have no conflicts of interest in relation to the material in this course. 
  • The production of this course was funded entirely by UEG. No external sponsorship was received.
  • The material used in this course was prepared and reviewed in 2015–2017.
  • Learners are invited to test their knowledge at the beginning and the end of the course via a series of 10 MCQs.
  • The course has a pass mark of 70%. Those scoring less than the required pass mark are encouraged to revisit the course and retake the assessment. Upon successful completion, learners will be able to download a high-quality infographic summary of the course.

Release Date: May 2017

This course, made available on and organised by United European Gastroenterology, is accredited by the European Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (EACCME) to award 1 European CME credit (ECMEC).
Each medical specialist should claim only those credits that he/she actually spent in the educational activity. The EACCME is an institution of the European Union of Medical Specialists (UEMS). Only those e-learning materials that are displayed on the UEMS-EACCME website have formally been accredited.