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J Clin Nurs. 2005 Jan;14(1):74-81.

Living with a stoma: a review of the literature.

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School of Nursing, Queens Medical Centre, Nottingham, Nottingham NG7 2UH, UK.

Abstract

AIMS AND OBJECTIVES:

This systematic review looks at the psychological and social impact of stoma surgery on peoples' lives.

BACKGROUND:

The formation of a stoma can have a negative effect on a person's quality of life and affect lifestyle in a number of ways.

METHODS:

The review examines nursing literature from 1990 to date and focuses on how stoma patients' lives are affected by the presence of a stoma. It informs nursing practice so nurses are better able to help individuals improve, maintain or recover their health following ostomy surgery.

RESULTS:

The findings of the review indicate that stoma surgery can impact on individuals' lives in many different ways.

RELEVANCE TO CLINICAL PRACTICE:

Knowledge of the problems stoma patients can experience can help nurses plan care in an individualized way. Recommendations for nursing practice and future research are made.

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