Effects of enterostomal nurse telephone follow-up on postoperative adjustment of discharged colostomy patients

Jun E. Zhang, Kam Yuet Wong, Li Ming You, Mei Chun Zheng, Qiong Li, Bing Yan Zhang, Man Rong Huang, Xin Mei Ye, Ming Juan Liang, Jin Ling Liu

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BACKGROUND:: People with a new colostomy encounter many difficulties as they struggle to adjust to their ostomies. Nurse telephone follow-up is a convenient way to ensure continuity of care. There is a paucity of studies testing if nurse telephone follow-up can enhance adjustment of postdischarged colostomy patients. OBJECTIVES:: The purpose of this study was to evaluate the effect of enterostomal nurse telephone follow-up on the adjustment levels of discharged colostomy patients. METHODS:: This was a randomized controlled trial. Participants (n = 103) who had undergone colostomy operations in China were recruited and randomly assigned to the study or control group. Both the study and control groups received routine discharge care, whereas the study group received 2-3 nurse telephone calls in the follow-up period. The outcome measures included Ostomy Adjustment Scale, Stoma Self-efficacy Scale, satisfaction with care, and stoma complications. RESULTS:: Results of this study indicated that participants in the study group had significantly better ostomy adjustment, higher stoma self-efficacy, higher satisfaction with care, and less stoma complications compared with those in the control group. CONCLUSIONS:: This study provided evidence to support that enterostomal nurse telephone follow-up can improve patient ostomy adjustment level and other related outcomes. IMPLICATION FOR PRACTICE:: Nurse telephone follow-up is an effective intervention to support the adjustment of stoma patients after hospital discharge.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)419-428
Number of pages10
JournalCancer Nursing
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2013


  • Colostomy adjustment
  • Continuity of care
  • Randomized controlled trial
  • Telephone follow-up

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Oncology(nursing)


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