Constipation Search Strategy

Search Dates: Search results of literature retrieved March 2009 – July 31, 2013

Search Terms: ("Constipation/therapy"[MAJR]) OR ((Constipation[mesh] OR Constipat*[ti]) AND (cancer OR neoplasms OR opioid*) AND Therapy/Broad[filter]) OR ((Constipation[majr] OR Constipat*[ti]) AND (cancer[ti] OR opioid*[ti] OR palliative[ti]))

Databases: PubMed, CINAHL, Cochrane Collaboration, NCCN

Inclusion Criteria:

  1. Full research report, systematic review, guideline or meta-analysis
  2. Study must report results of measurement of constipation
  3. The study examines an intervention aimed at affecting constipation
  4. Study sample must include patients with cancer

*Prior to 2011, evidence considered included studies unrelated to cancer patients.

Exclusion Criteria:

  1. Grey literature