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Perceived Barriers and Home Care Needs When Adapting to a Fecal Ostomy

A Phenomenological Study

Cengiz, Burcu; Bahar, Zuhal

Journal of Wound Ostomy & Continence Nursing: January/February 2017 - Volume 44 - Issue 1 - p 63–68
doi: 10.1097/WON.0000000000000271
Ostomy Care

PURPOSE: The aim of this study was to determine perceived barriers to adaptation to life with a fecal ostomy based on the Health Belief Model and to reveal home care needs related to these perceptions.

DESIGN: Phenomenological study.

SUBJECTS AND SETTING: Twelve participants undergoing ileostomy or colostomy within 3 months of data collection participated in the study. The participants were recruited from Stomatherapy Outpatient Clinic of Dokuz Eylül University Hospital. Their mean age was 54.41 ± 19.14 years (mean ± SD). Eight (67%) underwent ostomy surgery 2 to 3 months prior to study participation; 9 (75%) underwent stoma surgery for the treatment of colorectal cancer, 5 (42%) had a temporary stoma, and 8 also received chemotherapy for the management of an underlying malignancy.

METHODS: A semistructured interview form was used to collect data, and obtained data were analyzed with inductive content analysis. The questions were based on the Health Belief Model and were directed at identifying challenges to adaptation to life at home and home care needs in patients with stoma.

RESULTS: Inductive content analysis identified 4 main themes: “restriction of daily life activities”; “factors affecting adaptation to stoma”; “need for health professionals”; and “emotional effects.” The theme, need for health professionals, was expressed by the highest number of the participants. The respondents explained that services from ostomy nurse specialists should begin in the hospital and continue into the home. Participants suggested that ostomy nurses are needed to improve self-care skills via telephone contact and home visits. They also expressed the need for nursing interventions for the management of adverse effects associated with chemotherapy.

CONCLUSIONS: Individuals experience physical, mental, and social barriers when adapting to live with a new stoma and when receiving chemotherapy for underlying cancer. Additional services from ostomy nurses are needed to aid patients when adapting to these challenges.

Burcu Cengiz, MSc, RA, Department of Public Health Nursing, Dokuz Eylul University Faculty of Nursing, Izmir, Turkey.

Zuhal Bahar, PhD, Department of Public Health Nursing, Koc University School of Nursing, Istanbul, Turkey.

Correspondence: Burcu Cengiz, MSc, RA, Department of Public Health Nursing, Dokuz Eylul University Faculty of Nursing, Balcova, Inciraltı-Izmir 35340, Turkey (

The authors have no funding or conflicts of interest to disclose.

© 2017 by the Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurses Society.