Educational Module Improves Emergency Department Evaluation for Suspected Constipation

Kurowski, J.; Kaur, S.; Katsogridakis, Y.; Wershil, B. K.; Bass, L. M.

J Pediatr. 2015 Jul 15; 167(3):706-710.e1


OBJECTIVES: To determine abdominal radiograph use and frequency of digital rectal examinations in children presenting to the emergency department (ED) with abdominal pain and suspected constipation and to determine the impact of an educational module on their use. STUDY DESIGN: Retrospective chart review of patients evaluated at a pediatric ED because of the complaint of abdominal pain who had the discharge diagnosis of constipation over two 2-month periods, one before and one after an educational module. RESULTS: Comparing pre- and posteducational module periods, there was a significant decrease in abdominal radiograph utilization (69.5% vs 26.4%, respectively, P

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