Influence of intestinal stoma on spiritual quality of life of U.S. veterans.

Carol M. Baldwin, Marcia Grant, Christopher S Wendel, Susan Rawl, C. Max Schmidt, Clifford Ko, Robert S Krouse

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Purpose: To examine spiritual quality of life (QOL) of veterans with intestinal ostomies. Design: Mixed-method cross-sectional. Methods: Male veterans with total scores in the upper (n = 59) and lower (n = 61) quartiles of the City of Hope Quality-of-Life-Ostomy survey provided spiritual QOL data. Analyses included chi-square and analysis of variance with significance set at p < .05. Content analysis was used to explicate narratives and focus groups. Results: The high spiritual QOL group was more likely to be married, older, and report more years since surgery (each p < .0001). Upper quartile participants had more favorable scores for several spiritual QOL domains (all p < .0001). Qualitative comments reflected high or low total QOL scores. Conclusions: Spiritual QOL is influenced by an intestinal stoma. Qualitative comments lend insight into the meaning of spirituality items. Findings can assist in the provision of holistic care in this population.

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Influence of intestinal stoma on spiritual quality of life of U.S. veterans. / Baldwin, Carol M.; Grant, Marcia; Wendel, Christopher S; Rawl, Susan; Schmidt, C. Max; Ko, Clifford; Krouse, Robert S.

In: Journal of holistic nursing : official journal of the American Holistic Nurses' Association, Vol. 26, No. 3, 09.2008.

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