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Elder Care: A Resource for Interprofessional Providers: Diarrhea and Fecal Incontinence

Elder Care: A Resource for Interprofessional Providers: Diarrhea and Fecal Incontinence

University of Arizona College of Medicine
Clara Connell DO
Donald W. Reynolds Foundation
Geriatric Education Center (GEC)
Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program (GWEP)
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Diarrhea and Fecal Incontinence is one of a continuing series of practical, evidence based, Provider Fact Sheets which summarize key geriatric topics and provide clinically useful assessments and interventions. Initially developed for remote, rural clinical sites, they are useful for students and health care professionals from many fields and across a very broad range of health care settings.

Educational objectives: 
  1. List the main types/causes of diarrhea in older adults
  2. List the main causes of fecal incontinence
  3. Initiate an appropriate diagnostic workup and treatment for older adults who have diarrhea or fecal incontinence
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Subscribers to POGOe are free to reprint Elder Care on their own stationery or in other publications without obtaining specific permission, so long as

  1. content is not changed,
  2. no one is charged a fee to use or read the publication,
  3. authors and their affiliated institutions are noted without change, and
  4. the reprint includes the following statement: “Reprinted courtesy of the Arizona Reynolds Program of Applied Geriatrics and the Arizona Geriatric Education Center."

Elder Care Provider Sheets can also be accessed at

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Estimated time to complete: 
30 minutes
Conflict of Interest Disclosure: 
No, I (we) have nothing to disclose.
Already Expired Email Date: 
Tuesday, October 29, 2019 - 2:46pm
Already Expired Email 1 month date: 
Monday, September 21, 2020 - 11:15am
Expired Email Date: 
Thursday, October 28, 2021 - 1:40pm
Contact Person/Corresponding Author:
Laura Vitkus MPH CHES

Suggested Citation:
Dr. Cherlyn Dias. Elder Care: A Resource for Interprofessional Providers: Diarrhea and Fecal Incontinence. POGOe - Portal of Geriatrics Online Education; 2019 Available from: