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Assessing physical activity levels in people living with a stoma

Lowe, Bethany; Alsaleh, Eman; Blake, Holly

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Bethany Lowe

Eman Alsaleh

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Professor of Behavioural Medicine


Background: Physical activity is important for physical and mental health although people with a stoma commonly experience a reduction in physical activity following their stoma formation.
Aim: To assess whether adults with a stoma achieve the recommended amount of physical activity, and to identify any barriers and facilitators that may influence their participation.
Method: Community-residing adults living with a urostomy, ileostomy and colostomy were recruited from six regional stoma support groups. Participants completed questionnaires assessing their physical activity levels, self-efficacy, perceived barriers and benefits to physical activity, depression, body image and stoma-related quality of life.
Results: 94 adults completed the questionnaire (81% response rate). 84% of participants did not achieve government recommended levels of physical activity. Less active participants perceived greater barriers to physical activity, and had lower self-efficacy for exercise than those who were more active. Reported physical activity was not associated with body image, depression or stomarelated quality of life.
Conclusion: Most of the community-residing adults living with a stoma in our sample were physically inactive. Interventions that reduce barriers to exercise, and build self-efficacy in people with a stoma may help to increase their physical activity levels and reduce risks of chronic disease associated with sedentary lifestyles.


Lowe, B., Alsaleh, E., & Blake, H. (2020). Assessing physical activity levels in people living with a stoma. Nursing Standard, 35(1), 70-77.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Oct 9, 2018
Online Publication Date Jun 19, 2019
Publication Date Jan 8, 2020
Deposit Date Oct 10, 2018
Publicly Available Date Oct 10, 2018
Journal Nursing Standard
Print ISSN 0029-6570
Publisher RCN Publishing
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 35
Issue 1
Pages 70-77
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