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University West, Department of Health Sciences, Section for nursing - undergraduate level.
University West, Department of Health Sciences, Section for nursing - undergraduate level.
2016 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (professional degree), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
Experiences of living with a permanent stoma (English)
Abstract [en]

Background: Ostomy surgery refers to surgical procedures that reroute the elimination process of the bowel and alters the usual form of elimination. There are different reasons why a person gets a ostomy, depending on the reason for the surgery. The number of persons living with ostomys in Sweden is unknown. However, the reaction to intestinal diversion surgery can be a devastating experience. Living with a ostomy for a longer period may affect the individual. Nurses are important members of the health care team and have a significant role in caring for patients with ostomy.

Aim: The aim was to describe experiences living with a permanent ostomy.

Method: A qualitative litterature-based design was used in the study. CINAHL and PubMed databases were used to search qualitative articles. Articles were analyzed and reviewed by the five-step method in Friberg.

Results: The result is based on ten qualitative articles. After making the analysis three main themes and nine sub-themes were identified. The three main themes were: the altered body appearance, the changing of daily life and interference with anticipated return to normal. The sub- themes were: fear, anxiety, disgrace and irritated skin, body image, acceptance, independence, daily activities, diet, impact on relationships, supporting, loneliness and isolation.

Conclusion: Having a ostomy is a major event and it affects personal self-concept and restricts their lives in various ways. Nurses need to provide education, support advice and referral for specialist help if required to promote health and reduce suffering.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2016. , 19 p.
Keyword [en]
Adults, body image, experience, nursing care, permanent ostomy
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hv:diva-9710Local ID: EXO502OAI: diva2:952071
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Nursing science
Educational program
Nursing Programme
Available from: 2016-08-16 Created: 2016-08-11 Last updated: 2016-08-17Bibliographically approved

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