00012 Perceived constipation

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00012 Perceived constipation

Definition of the NANDA label

Subjective Constipation is the state in which the individual self-diagnoses constipation and abuse of laxatives, and ensures a daily intestinal elimination by resorting to the use of laxatives, enemas and suppositories.

Self-diagnosis of constipation combined with abuse of laxatives, enemas, and/or suppositories to ensure a daily bowel movement.

Defining characteristics

  • References about expectations of having a daily bowel movement using laxatives, enemas or suppositories abusively.
  • Reference of the purpose and hope of having a daily bowel movement at the same time.

Related factors

  • Family or cultural beliefs in the field of health.
  • Inadequate assessment of the individual himself.
  • Impaired thought processes.


  • Beliefs about health.
  • Health beliefs: perceived threat.
  • Bowel elimination.


  • Clarification of values.
  • Health education.
  • Individual education.
  • Bowel management.

This diagnosis will retire from the NANDA-I Taxonomy in the 2021-2023 edition unless additional work is
completed to bring it up to a level of evidence 2.1 or higher.

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