Lived Social Experiences of Ostomates in Ghana: A Phenomenological Study
Received Date: Aug 23, 2021 / Accepted Date: Sep 20, 2021 / Published Date: Sep 29, 2021
Aim: An improved quality of life is the utmost expectation after every surgical intervention. This paper explored the lived social experiences of ostomates in order to appreciate their challenges and inform well targeted policies and intervention to enhance their quality of lives. Methods: A phenomenological lens based on Heidegger’s philosophy was used to inform the design of this study. The study was carried out in the Accra Metropolis. The study was conducted with patients with ostomies who were discharged home from the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital (KBTH) living in the Accra Metropolis. A total of nine (9) ostomates were purposively recruited and interviewed. Pseudonyms were used in reporting the finding. Ethical clearance were obtained from the University of Cape Coast Ethical Review Board ethical and KBTH ethical committee. Findings: Ostomates involvement in social activity was affected. Getting involved in social activities meant having to deal with the incontinent nature of the ostomy in a less controlled environment and this deterring ostomates from engaging in social activities. Ostomates avoided friends, public places, travelling in a public transport system and bemoaned the financial burden that came with living with an ostomy. Support from relatives and significant others helps them to cope. Conclusion: Ostomates will have an improved quality of life if they were better informed on what to expect after the surgery to enable them prepare adequately for life after the procedure.
Keywords: Ostomy; Stoma; Social Experiences; Healthcare; Quality of life
Citation: Sena-Iddrisu A, Ninoni JP, Nuvor VS, Iddrisu ID (2021) Lived Social Experiences of Ostomates in Ghana: A Phenomenological Study in the Accra Metropolis. J Comm Pub Health Nursing 7: 304. Doi: 10.4172/2471-9846.1000306
Copyright: © 2021 Sena-Iddrisu A, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
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