Spouses of patients with a stoma lack information and support and are restricted in their social and sexual life: A systematic review

Anne Kjaergaard Danielsen*, Jakob Burcharth, Jacob Rosenberg

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    Abstract

    Purpose: A permanent stoma has a large impact on everyday life with several physical, mental, and social impairments for the individual. It seems obvious that if persons with stomas are affected socially by the stoma creation, it is likely that the family and/or relatives will be affected as well. The objective of this systematic review was to explore how stoma creation may affect spouses of patients with stomas. Methods: A systematic review was undertaken based on database searches including studies published from 1950 to 2012. We applied a method of synthesis based on narrative summaries of both qualitative and quantitative results being assessed in parallel processes and finally included in a joint synthesis of results on a study level. Results: We identified 17 studies and included 6 studies. Spouses wanted to be more involved in the stoma education and specifically wanted more focus on the psychosocial aspects of stoma creation. Furthermore, spouses' sexual life was seriously affected, and their social life was restricted. In general, spouses wished for more support from the health care sector as well as from family and friends. Conclusions: There is a need for further research focusing on spouses or relatives. Talking about worries and concerns regarding the new life situation may alleviate suffering and reduce uncertainty. Stoma nurses and other health professionals play an important role in the care of patients as well as spouses, and a greater insight into the worries and concerns affecting spouses is warranted to improve postoperative counseling and education.

    OriginalsprogEngelsk
    Sider (fra-til)1603-1612
    Antal sider10
    TidsskriftInternational Journal of Colorectal Disease
    Vol/bind28
    Udgave nummer12
    DOI
    StatusUdgivet - 1 dec. 2013

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