Sociodemographic characteristics and self-care management knowledge of patients with an ostomy.

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      Background: An increasing number of patients worldwide are living with an ostomy. Among them, self-care management skills and stoma self-care abilities are associated with better quality of life. Aims: To identify the sociodemographic and clinical characteristics of Italian ostomy patients and investigate their knowledge of stoma management. Methods: A questionnaire was used to gather the sociodemographic and clinical data of 433 adult patients. Participants responded to a nine-item survey assessing their knowledge of stoma management. Findings: Respondents reported having received extensive or adequate information in 64.4% of cases, and the remaining 35.6% reported receiving little or no information at any time. The health professional who imparted at least adequate information was a stoma nurse specialist in 32.1% of cases, usually during admission (24.0%) or before and during admission (19.6%). Conclusion: This study demonstrated that most patients received adequate information regarding the ostomy. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]
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