• Asmaa Gomaa Ragab Faculty of Nursing, Assiut University, Egypt
  • Safaa Ahmed Mohamed Kotb Faculty of Nursing, Assiut University, Egypt
  • Rabaa Hamed Hassanein Faculty of Nursing, Assiut University, Egypt
  • Hanaa Moukhtar Ibrahim Faculty of Nursing, Assiut University, Egypt




Background: Constipation is a preventable and treatable health concern that develops as people age owing to a variety of reasons. Aim: This study evaluates the effect of educational program about dietary and physical activity on functional constipation among elderly. Research design: Quasi-experimental research design was used. Setting: This study was conducted in Assiut geriatric clubs. Sample: The sample composed of 145 elderly. Tools: Four tools were used: 1st tool included three parts: Part (1): Socio demographic characteristic according to El-Gilany, Part (2): Medical history, Part (3): Knowledge about constipation. 2nd tool: Assess the functional constipation in elderly. 3rd tool: Assess Constipation Symptoms. 4th tool: consist of two parts: First part: Physical Activity Scale for the Elderly (PASE). Second part: 3-day food-recall diary, used to assess dietary statues and dietary habits. Results: Mean age of studied elderly was 64.67±2.64, while 94.5% were female. All study elderly in pretest complained about functional constipation, while in post, and follow up test it changed to 9.7% and 51.7 % of them had functional constipation at post, and follow up test respectively. There was a statistically significant difference between the functional constipation and drink water, fenugreek, herbs and soup, eaten brown bread and oates, nuts. Conclusion: Functional constipation symptom was severe in elderly which is related to low physical activity also suitable dietary intake help in relieving these symptoms of functional constipation. Recommendations: Health education program about functional constipation were effective in improving the outcome of functional constipation criteria by using effective teaching media like videos, role-play, and demonstration.


Elderly, Functional Constipation, Dietary & Physical Activity


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Asmaa Gomaa Ragab, Safaa Ahmed Mohamed Kotb, Rabaa Hamed Hassanein, & Hanaa Moukhtar Ibrahim. (2021). EFFECT OF EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM ABOUT DIETARY AND PHYSICAL ACTIVITY ON FUNCTIONAL CONSTIPATION FOR ELDERLY PEOPLE AT ASSIUT GERIATRIC CLUBS. The Malaysian Journal of Nursing (MJN), 13(2), 90-101. https://doi.org/10.31674/mjn.2021.v13i02.015