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Study of peristomal skin disorders in patients with permanent stomas

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The aim of this article was to investigate the frequency, severity and diversity of peristomal skin disorders among individuals with a permanent stoma in a community population. All individuals with a permanent stoma (n=630) in a Danish community population were invited to participate in a cross-sectional study. A total of 202 individuals (101 men; 101 women) agreed to participate. Data were collected through questionnaires and clinical examinations. It was found that peristomal skin disorders were higher for participants with an ileostomy (57%) and urostomy (48%) than in those with a colostomy (35%). Of the diagnoses of skin disorders, 77% could be related to contact with stoma effluent. Only 38% of diagnosed participants agreed that they had a skin disorder and more than 80% did not seek professional health care. The study revealed a high frequency of peristomal skin disorders. Participants frequently failed to perceive that they had a skin irritation and did not seek help. This suggests that more education and perhaps regular, annual follow-up visits at local stoma care clinics are needed.

Original languageEnglish
JournalBritish Journal of Nursing
Volume15
Issue number16
Pages (from-to)854-62
Number of pages9
ISSN0966-0461
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 17 Nov 2006

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  • Adolescent, Adult, Aged, Aged, 80 and over, Colostomy, Cross-Sectional Studies, Cystostomy, Denmark, Female, Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice, Humans, Ileostomy, Male, Middle Aged, Ostomy, Self Care, Skin Care, Skin Diseases, Surgical Stomas

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