Objective assessment of quality of life following panproctocolectomy and ileostomy for ulcerative colitis

John Camilleri-Brennan, Robert J. C. Steele

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    A panproctocolectomy and permanent ileostomy improves the quality of life of those suffering from ulcerative colitis. However, it is not known how the quality of life of patients who had this operation compares with that of the general population. The aim of this study was to measure the quality of life of these patients using a reliable and validated instrument, and to determine whether these patients enjoy a similar quality of life to the general population. Forty-nine consecutive patients (31 males and 18 females, median age 49 years), who had a panproctocolectomy with a permanent ileostomy for ulcerative colitis in one of three hospitals in Tayside, UK from 1992-1997, participated in the study. The median number of months (range) post-surgery was 29 (12-72). Participants answered a well-validated generic questionnaire on health-related quality of life: the new SF-36 version 2.0 (SF-36II). The results were then compared with population norms of similar age and gender, derived from the Third Oxford Healthy Lifestyle Survey and published by the Health Services Research Unit of the University of Oxford. The mean score difference between patient and population SF-36II scores (95% confidence intervals) were as follows: physical functioning (PF): -3.9 (-9.4, 1.6); role-physical (RP): -4.1 (-9.9, 1.7); role-emotional (RE): -0.1 (-5.6, 5.4); energy-vitality (EV): 8.2 (2.8-13.6); body pain (BP): 6.6 (0.3, 12.9); social functioning (SF): 3.7 (-2.7, 10.1); mental health (MH): 2.5 (-2.5, 7.5); general health perception (GHP): -1.8 (-7.6, 4.0). Despite the fact that these patients underwent major surgery and have a permanent stoma, their quality of life as measured by the SF-36II was very similar to that of the general population.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)321-4
    Number of pages4
    JournalAnnals of the Royal College of Surgeons of England
    Issue number5
    Publication statusPublished - Sept 2001


    • Adult
    • Aged
    • Aged, 80 and over
    • Colectomy
    • Colitis, Ulcerative
    • Female
    • Follow-Up Studies
    • Health Status Indicators
    • Humans
    • Ileostomy
    • Male
    • Middle Aged
    • Postoperative Period
    • Quality of Life
    • Questionnaires
    • Rectum
    • Treatment Outcome


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