Psychological impact of colostomy pouch change and disposal

McKenzie, F. and White, C.A. and Kendall, Sally and Finlayson, A. and Urquhart, M. and Williams, I. (2006) Psychological impact of colostomy pouch change and disposal. British Journal of Nursing, 15 (6). pp. 308-316. ISSN 0966-0461. (doi:https://doi.org/10.12968/bjon.2006.15.6.20678) (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

This article presents some of the findings from a multi-centre cross-sectional correlational study to evaluate the relationship between colostomy pouch change and disposal practices and the patient's psychological wellbeing. Five questionnaires were used in a one-off interview with 86 patients. Patients were assessed at between 1 and 4months postoperatively. Results from the Pouch Change and Disposal questionnaire showed that only 25% of patients found disposal of used appliances the most difficult part of their pouch change and disposal routine. Half felt that their body was out of their control and 33% reported avoiding social and leisure activities due to what was involved in their pouch change and disposal routine. Patients cited several factors, such as minimizing odour and having an appliance that could flush away, as factors which would help them to stop avoiding these activities. Stoma care nurses have a unique opportunity to improve the psychological wellbeing of their patients by considering the aspects of pouch change and disposal that pose the greatest challenge to individuals. Use of a modified version of the Pouch Change and Disposal questionnaire may be a useful tool in identifying those at risk of impaired quality of life.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled keywords: Stoma care Research methods Health attitudes
Subjects: R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA790 Mental health
R Medicine > RZ Other systems of medicine
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research > Centre for Health Services Studies
Depositing User: Tony Rees
Date Deposited: 29 Apr 2016 15:57 UTC
Last Modified: 29 Apr 2016 15:57 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/55202 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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