Epidemiology of chronic constipation: current status
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Key words:constipation  epidemiology  elderly
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ZHANG Xiao-Li, ZHENG Song-Bai* Department of Geriatrics, Huadong Hospital, Fudan University, Shanghai 200040, China fdhuadong@163.com 
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      Chronic constipation is a common clinical syndrome, and the elderly is one of its high-risk population. It not only brings harm to patients’ physical and mental health, and reduces their life quality, but also adds much more to the medical cost as well as the social and economic burden to these patients and the whole society. It is of great significance to conduct an in-depth survey on the epidemiology of chronic constipation aiming at revealing its epidemiological characteristics, especially its risk factors and high-risk populations, so as to establish prevention strategies and measures as well as to develop more comprehensive interventions in community. In this article, we reviewed recent progress in the epidemiology of chronic constipation in hope of providing some meaningful clues for clinical practices.