Index: Ostomy Wound Manage. 2006;52(12):68-74.
This article is based on a poster presented at the annual meeting of the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons, Chicago, Ill, June 3-8, 2003.
According to studies by McLeod et al1 and Nugent et al, 2 who assessed the results of almost 1,000 patients by questionnaire, as well as the reviews of the literature by other authors,3-5 quality of life is negatively affected by the creation of an ostomy. Ostomy function, which includes leakage, frequency of emptying and changing, difficulty in changing, duration of change, assistance required, and the impact on lifestyle, does not appear to be uniform from patient to patient. Studies of quality of life in persons with ostomies performed to date often fail to consider this factor. ... continue reading about Correlating the Fecal Incontinence Quality-of-Life Score and the SF-36 to a Proposed Ostomy Function Index in Patients with a St