NIHR PGfAR Development of a UK evidence-based pathway for the management of chronic constipation in adults

Funded through the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), The National Bowel Research Centre is coordinating the largest programme of research into the treatment of chronic constipation in the NHS in the UK; Chronic Constipation Treatment PathwaY (CapaCiTY).

The aim is to determine the most effective treatments for improving constipation symptoms and quality and of life for individuals living with chronic constipation. The research will address the acceptability of these treatments to patients, cost of treatments to the NHS and also help to reduce variations in treatment across the country.

The programme includes three trials of non-drug therapies and will be recruiting around 800 people in more than 10 NHS centres nationwide.

Interested in participating in CapaCiTY?

  • Are you aged 18-70 years?
  • Do you pass stool less often than you would like or have difficulty passing stool?
  • Have you had symptoms of constipation for more than 6 months?
  • Have you previously tried to change your diet and lifestyle to manage your constipation?
  • Have you tried at least 2 types of medication such as laxatives to relieve your constipation?

If you answered YES to all of the above, you may be suitable to take part.