Bowel symptom experiences and management following sphincter saving surgery for rectal cancer: A qualitative perspective

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dc.contributor.author Landers, Margaret
dc.contributor.author McCarthy, Geraldine
dc.contributor.author Savage, Eileen
dc.date.accessioned 2014-01-24T10:25:08Z
dc.date.available 2014-01-24T10:25:08Z
dc.date.issued 2012-07
dc.identifier.citation 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 en
dc.identifier.volume 16 en
dc.identifier.issued 3 en
dc.identifier.startpage 293 en
dc.identifier.endpage 300 en
dc.identifier.issn 1462-3889
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10468/1332
dc.identifier.doi 10.1016/j.ejon.2011.07.002
dc.description.abstract 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. en
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dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher Elsevier en
dc.rights 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 en
dc.subject Bowel symptoms en
dc.subject Colorectal cancer en
dc.subject Sphincter saving surgery en
dc.subject Symptom experience en
dc.subject Self-care strategies en
dc.title Bowel symptom experiences and management following sphincter saving surgery for rectal cancer: A qualitative perspective en
dc.type Article (peer-reviewed) en
dc.internal.authorcontactother Eileen Savage, Nursing & Midwifery, University College Cork, Cork, Ireland. +353-21-490-3000 Email: e.savage@ucc.ie en
dc.internal.availability Full text available en
dc.date.updated 2012-06-23T00:15:35Z
dc.description.version Published Version en
dc.internal.rssid 110292290
dc.internal.pmid 21813325
dc.contributor.funder Health Research Board en
dc.description.status Peer reviewed en
dc.identifier.journaltitle European Journal of Oncology Nursing en
dc.internal.copyrightchecked Yes Funded by HRB en
dc.internal.licenseacceptance Yes en
dc.internal.IRISemailaddress e.savage@ucc.ie en


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