Bowel symptom experiences and management following sphincter saving surgery for rectal cancer: A qualitative perspective
The aim of this research was to explore participants’ qualitative perspectives on bowel symptom experiences and management strategies following sphincter saving surgery for rectal cancer. Methods and sample The data presented in this paper were gleaned from a semi-structured question that formed part of a larger multi-site quantitative correlational study. From a sample of 143 participants, a total of 77 (62.6%) males and 46 (37.3%) females provided qualitative comments. Participants were aged 30–70 years and over, had undergone sphincter saving surgery for rectal cancer in the past 3–42 months. Data were analysed using pre-determined semi-structured categories. Key results The study demonstrated the subjective nature of the bowel symptoms experienced. It also highlighted the bowel symptoms that were most problematic and the effect of these symptoms on participants’ daily lives. In addition, the self-care strategies that worked best for individual participants in the management of bowel symptoms were identified. Conclusions There is a need to educate patients on the short-term as well as the long-term bowel symptoms experienced following sphincter saving surgery for rectal cancer. Nurses have an important contribution to make in facilitating patients to choose from a range of self-care strategies to help them manage their bowel symptoms postoperatively.
Bowel symptoms , Colorectal cancer , Sphincter saving surgery , Symptom experience , Self-care strategies
LANDERS, M., MCCARTHY, G. & SAVAGE, E. 2012. Bowel symptom experiences and management following sphincter saving surgery for rectal cancer: A qualitative perspective. European Journal of Oncology Nursing, 16, 293-300. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ejon.2011.07.002
Copyright © 2012 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. NOTICE: this is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in European Journal of Oncology Nursing. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in European Journal of Oncology Nursing [Volume 16, Issue 3, July 2012, Pages 293–300] http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ejon.2011.07.002