Preparing children and young people for stoma surgery

Paediatr Nurs. 2006 May;18(4):33-7. doi: 10.7748/paed2006.


There is little published literature regarding children and young people with stomas and their preoperative care. Research in adults reveals negative psychosocial consequences, but the perceptions of children and young people may be different, depending on the reason for the stoma formation and the degree of involvement in decisions. Post-operative problems and later negativity can be minimised with informed decision making and partnership from the outset between the healthcare team, parents and child. Preparation approaches known to be successful for other forms of surgery can be adapted to prepare the child/young person for stoma surgery.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adaptation, Psychological
  • Adolescent
  • Attitude to Health
  • Child
  • Choice Behavior
  • Decision Making
  • Humans
  • Informed Consent
  • Negativism
  • Nurse's Role
  • Ostomy / adverse effects
  • Ostomy / nursing
  • Ostomy / psychology*
  • Patient Care Planning / organization & administration
  • Patient Education as Topic / organization & administration*
  • Pediatric Nursing / organization & administration
  • Peer Group
  • Perioperative Nursing / organization & administration
  • Preoperative Care / methods*
  • Preoperative Care / nursing
  • Preoperative Care / psychology
  • Psychology, Adolescent
  • Psychology, Child
  • Self-Help Groups / organization & administration
  • Social Support
  • Teaching Materials