Methods: A comprehensive health and life assessment survey of North American and
Results: The results of the study find that 79 percent of those with a negative life satisfaction index score, in which the stoma is perceived to have a negative effect on their life, are indicated as socially isolated, per
Discussion: The study finds that social isolation is not exclusive to those living alone both prior to and after surgery, but manifests itself also in those with the potential for immediate social support structures. In these individuals a social disconnect is symptomatic of alienation of spouse/life partner affection, sexual intimacy, and intercourse avoidance.
Conclusions: Social isolation is a factor that is found to affect quality of life issues in those that have undergone ostomy surgery. Because social isolation is identifiable health care providers may incorporate counseling into their treatment regimens to overcome the negative impact of this, and facilitate a return to normalcy.