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Objective: To compare level of constipation in stroke patients before and after receiving nursing process with abdominal massage and to compare level of constipation in stroke patients after receiving nursing process with abdominal massage with those who received routine nursing care.
Method: This quasi-experimental research was used the pathophysiology of constipation and nursing care for constipation was used as the conceptual framework. Subjects consisted of 50 stroke patients (age 18-59 years) with constipation. Age, location of lesion and type of medication treatment were matched. Constipation was assessed using a Constipation Scoring System evaluation form which was tested for content validity and reliability = 0.74. Data were analyzed using descriptive statistics and t-test.
Results: 1. The mean score of constipation in stroke patients after receiving the nursing process with abdominal massage was significantly lower than before receiving the nursing process with abdominal massage at the 0.5 level. 2. The mean score of constipation in stroke patients after receiving the nursing process with abdominal massage was significantly lower than before receiving the routine nursing care at the 0.5 level.
Conclusions: The effect of nursing process with abdominal massage can reduce constipation with stroke patient more than regular nursing.
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