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Recognizing Chronic Constipation and Patient Burden


In this Medical Minute, learn about the burden and impact on quality of life of chronic idiopathic constipation, the presentation and symptoms, and how to make the diagnosis.

Physician Assistants/Physician Associates: 0.50 AAPA Category 1 CME credit

Nurses: 0.50 Nursing contact hour

Physicians: Maximum of 0.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit

Released: March 07, 2023

Expiration: March 06, 2024

No longer available for credit.



Brooks D. Cash

Brooks D. Cash, MD

Visiting Professor of Medicine
Department of Medicine
McGovern Medical School
Department of Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition
University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston/Memorial Hermann Hospital
Houston, Texas

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Provided by Clinical Care Options, LLC.

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Target Audience

This program is intended for healthcare professionals who manage patients with CIC, including gastroenterologists, primary care physicians, and GI-specific advanced practice providers (nurse practitioners and physician associates/physician assistants).

Program Learning Goal

The goal of this activity is to improve learners’ knowledge and competence in approaching patients with CIC by using a patient-centric, evidence-based approach to care that addresses the patient’s specific needs and leads to desirable outcomes and patient satisfaction. Additionally, the patient aspects of this program are designed to educate, encourage, and empower patients to receive optimal individual care and become active participants in shared-decision making with their healthcare team.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this activity, participants should be able to:

  • Describe guideline recommendations for accurately diagnosing patients with CIC 


Clinical Care Options, LLC (CCO) requires instructors, planners, managers, and other individuals who are in a position to control the content of this activity to disclose all financial conflicts of interest (COI) they may have with ineligible companies. All relevant COI are thoroughly vetted and mitigated according to CCO policy. CCO is committed to providing its learners with high-quality CME/CE activities and related materials that promote improvements or quality in healthcare and not a specific proprietary business interest of an ineligible company.

The faculty reported the following relevant financial relationships or relationships to products or devices they have with ineligible companies related to the content of this educational activity:

Brooks Cash, MD: consultant/advisor/speaker: AbbVie, Ardelyx, QOL, Salix, Takeda.

The planners and content peer reviewers from Clinical Care Options, LLC do not have any relevant financial relationships to disclose, except Monica Nandwani, DNP, RN, FNP-BC as noted below:

Monica Nandwani, DNP, RN, FNP-BC: consultant/advisor/speaker: Phathom, Salix.


This program has been made available online.

Disclosure of Unlabeled Use

This educational activity may contain discussion of published and/or investigational uses of agents that are not indicated by the FDA. The planners of this activity do not recommend the use of any agent outside of the labeled indications.

The opinions expressed in the educational activity are those of the faculty and do not necessarily represent the views of the planners. Please refer to the official prescribing information for each product for discussion of approved indications, contraindications, and warnings.


Participants have an implied responsibility to use the newly acquired information to enhance patient outcomes and their own professional development. The information presented in this activity is not meant to serve as a guideline for patient management. Any procedures, medications, or other courses of diagnosis or treatment discussed or suggested in this activity should not be used by clinicians without evaluation of their patient’s conditions and possible contraindications and/or dangers in use, review of any applicable manufacturer’s product information, and comparison with recommendations of other authorities.


Joint Accreditation Statement
Joint AccreditationIn support of improving patient care, Clinical Care Options, LLC (CCO) is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team. 

Physician Continuing Medical Education
CCO designates this enduring material for a maximum of 0.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Nursing Continuing Professional Development

Credit Designation
The maximum number of hours awarded for this Nursing Continuing Professional Development activity is 0.50 contact hours.

Physician Assistant/Physician Associate Continuing Medical Education

Joint AccreditationClinical Care Options, LLC has been authorized by the American Academy of PAs (AAPA) to award AAPA Category 1 CME credit for activities planned in accordance with AAPA CME Criteria. This activity is designated for 0.5 AAPA Category 1 CME credits. Approval is valid until March 06, 2024. PAs should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation.

Additional Information

Participation in this self-study activity should be completed in approximately 0.5 hours. To successfully complete this activity and receive credit, participants must follow these steps during the period from March 07, 2023, through March 06, 2024:

1. Register online at
2. Read the target audience, learning objectives, and faculty disclosures.
3. Study the educational activity online or printed out.
4. Submit answers to the posttest questions and evaluation questions online.

You must receive a test score of at least 65% and respond to all evaluation questions to receive a certificate. After submitting the evaluation, you may access your online certificate by selecting the certificate link on the posttest confirmation page. Records of all CME/CE activities completed can be found on the "CME/CE Manager" page. There are no costs/fees for this activity.


Program Medium
This program has been made available online.