Overcoming challenges: Life with an ostomy

Sarah Popek, Marcia Grant, Robin Gemmill, Christopher S. Wendel, M. Jane Mohler, Susan Rawl, Carol M. Baldwin, Clifford Y. Ko, C. Schmidt, Robert S. Krouse

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Abstract

Background: Studies have demonstrated decreased health-related quality of life in patients with stomas. Methods: Using US Department of Veterans Affairs electronic medical records, veterans with stomas were surveyed using the City of Hope Quality of LifeOstomy questionnaire. Focus groups were conducted segregated by type of stoma (ileostomy vs colostomy) and quality-of-life score (high vs low). Qualitative analysis was performed on the basis of the City of Hope Quality of Life for Ostomates format of health-related quality of life (physical, psychological, social, and spiritual). The findings of the colostomy focus groups are reported. Results: Two new domains emerged: colostomy specific and health care specific. The most common domains discussed were colostomy specific, psychological, and social. The most frequently discussed colostomy-specific theme was effective and ineffective solutions to colostomy care. Family and spousal relationships were the main theme from the psychological category. The predominant social issue was sexual relationships. Conclusions: Awareness of patients' social, psychological, and medical status allows surgeons to identify those likely to have problems and devote resources to those veterans.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)640-645
Number of pages6
JournalAmerican Journal of Surgery
Volume200
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 2010
Externally publishedYes

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Ostomy
Colostomy
Hope
Quality of Life
Psychology
Veterans
Focus Groups
Ileostomy
United States Department of Veterans Affairs
Electronic Health Records
Delivery of Health Care

Keywords

  • Colostomy
  • Coping
  • Quality of life
  • Stoma

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery

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Popek, S., Grant, M., Gemmill, R., Wendel, C. S., Mohler, M. J., Rawl, S., ... Krouse, R. S. (2010). Overcoming challenges: Life with an ostomy. American Journal of Surgery, 200(5), 640-645. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.amjsurg.2010.07.009

Overcoming challenges : Life with an ostomy. / Popek, Sarah; Grant, Marcia; Gemmill, Robin; Wendel, Christopher S.; Mohler, M. Jane; Rawl, Susan; Baldwin, Carol M.; Ko, Clifford Y.; Schmidt, C.; Krouse, Robert S.

In: American Journal of Surgery, Vol. 200, No. 5, 11.2010, p. 640-645.

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Popek, S, Grant, M, Gemmill, R, Wendel, CS, Mohler, MJ, Rawl, S, Baldwin, CM, Ko, CY, Schmidt, C & Krouse, RS 2010, 'Overcoming challenges: Life with an ostomy', American Journal of Surgery, vol. 200, no. 5, pp. 640-645. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.amjsurg.2010.07.009
Popek S, Grant M, Gemmill R, Wendel CS, Mohler MJ, Rawl S et al. Overcoming challenges: Life with an ostomy. American Journal of Surgery. 2010 Nov;200(5):640-645. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.amjsurg.2010.07.009
Popek, Sarah ; Grant, Marcia ; Gemmill, Robin ; Wendel, Christopher S. ; Mohler, M. Jane ; Rawl, Susan ; Baldwin, Carol M. ; Ko, Clifford Y. ; Schmidt, C. ; Krouse, Robert S. / Overcoming challenges : Life with an ostomy. In: American Journal of Surgery. 2010 ; Vol. 200, No. 5. pp. 640-645.
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