Aims and objectives: This systematic review looks at the psychological and social impact of stoma surgery on peoples' lives.
Background: The formation of a stoma can have a negative effect on a person's quality of life and affect lifestyle in a number of ways.
Methods: The review examines nursing literature from 1990 to date and focuses on how stoma patients' lives are affected by the presence of a stoma. It informs nursing practice so nurses are better able to help individuals improve, maintain or recover their health following ostomy surgery.
Results: The findings of the review indicate that stoma surgery can impact on individuals' lives in many different ways.
Relevance to clinical practice: Knowledge of the problems stoma patients can experience can help nurses plan care in an individualized way. Recommendations for nursing practice and future research are made.