Simple Steps for Improving the Quality of Healthcare for Patients with Chronic Idiopathic Constipation

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Overview / Abstract:

To ensure your patients with chronic idiopathic constipation (CIC) receive timely, appropriate interventions and the best possible care, clinicians need to better distinguish CIC from similar conditions. In addition, working together, clinicians and patients can make better choices among the many treatment options through shared decision-making (SDM) strategies to help achieve treatment goals.

This digital format provides a brief questionnaire to capture your current practices and delivers a personalized summary including recommended practical tools and educational interventions for rollout in primary care and specialty settings, including:
• Clinical diagnostic tools (based on diagnostic criteria)
• Patient communication and education resources
• Checklists for creating alerts and process changes

Using this simple, systematic approach to quality improvement, intended for easy access and application in any practice setting you will have the framework and tools you need to help your patients recognize and manage CIC and ensure that they receive timely and appropriate interventions. So, let’s get started!

Clinicians who participate in digital QI program are eligible for MOC credit.


Dec 19, 2025


Nurse Practitioner , Nursing CNE, Physician CME, Physician Assistant CME


Online, Webinar / Webcast / Video

Credits / Hours

up to 4.0



Presenters / Authors / Faculty

Professor of Medicine
University of Texas McGovern Medical School
Chief, Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition
University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston
Houston, TX

Lucinda Harris, MS, MD
Professor of Medicine
Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology
Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine
Scottsdale, AZ

Sponsors / Supporters / Grant Providers

Provided by The University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine and the Academy for Continued Healthcare Learning (ACHL).

Supported by an educational grant from Takeda Pharmaceuticals U.S.A., Inc.

Keywords / Search Terms

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