Published online Feb 8, 2018. doi: 10.5409/wjcp.v7.i1.56
Peer-review started: January 4, 2017
First decision: March 13, 2017
Revised: August 3, 2017
Accepted: December 4, 2017
Article in press: December 4, 2017
Published online: February 8, 2018
Criteria for the diagnosis and management of functional constipation are not well known by general pediatricians and primary health care, despite published guidelines.
Our research was limited to one country.
This research confirms the frequency of childhood constipation. Knowledge of primary health care physicians on the diagnosis and management is limited. Published guidelines are insufficiently disseminated.
It is likely that these findings can be extrapolated to the rest of the world, since similar data are reported for the United States and Indonesia.
Childhood constipation, electronic questionnaire, primary healthcare, guidelines, laxative.