Experiences of wearing support garments by people living with a urostomy

Claire Taylor (Lead / Corresponding author), Julie Munro, William Goodman, Rebecca J. Beeken, Nicola Dames, Raymond Oliphant, Angus J.M. Watson, Gill Hubbard

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Background: support garments are commonly worn by people with a urostomy but there are no published data about their experiences of doing so. Aims: to identify the views of people living with a urostomy on the role of support garments. 

Methods: a cross-sectional survey of the stoma population's experiences of support garments was conducted in 2018. Recruitment was by social media. The free-text responses provided by a sub-sample of 58 people out of 103 respondents with a urostomy, were analysed. 

Findings: thematic analysis revealed four themes: physical self-management; psychosocial self-management; lifestyle; and healthcare advice and support. There were mixed feelings about the value of support garments. Many cited a sense of reassurance and confidence and being able to be more sociable and active; others reported discomfort and uncertainty about their value. 

Conclusion: these findings add new understanding of experiences of support garments and provide novel theoretical insights about life with a urostomy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)S26-S33
Number of pages7
JournalBritish Journal of Nursing
Issue number22
Publication statusPublished - 12 Dec 2019


  • Patient experience
  • Stoma care
  • Support garments
  • Urostomy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Nursing


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