Study of peristomal skin disorders in patients with permanent stomas.

P. Herlufsen*, A. G. Olsen, B. Carlsen, H. Nybaek, T. Karlsmark, T. N. Laursen, G. B. Jemec

*Corresponding author af dette arbejde

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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.

    Sider (fra-til)854-862
    Antal sider9
    TidsskriftBritish journal of nursing (Mark Allen Publishing)
    Udgave nummer16
    StatusUdgivet - 1 jan. 2006


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