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Table 4 Concerns about a permanent stoma according to change in physical activity since stoma

From: Smoking, alcohol consumption, diet and physical activity following stoma formation surgery, stoma-related concerns, and desire for lifestyle advice: a United Kingdom survey

Concern Change in PA since stoma Total
More Less No change
The pouch loosening and leaking 44 (15%) 170 (59%) 72 (25%) 280
Smell and odour 38 (15%) 155 (63%) 53 (22%) 246
Feeling unattractive/different 41 (17%) 158 (66%) 42 (17%) 241
My energy levels 27 (12%) 167 (73%) 35 (15%) 229
Skin problems 31 (14%) 142 (64%) 50 (22%) 223
Being very tired 24 (11%) 152 (72%) 35 (17%) 211
Sex life being affected 35 (17%) 130 (64%) 39 (19%) 204
Impact on my social life 22 (12%) 135 (75%) 24 (13%) 181
Pain and feeling uncomfortable about stoma site 24 (14%) 119 (70%) 27 (16%) 170
Bowel function problems (constipation, diarrhoea) 20 (13%) 104 (68%) 28 (18%) 152
Getting back to normal activities around the house 20 (13%) 108 (71%) 24 (16%) 152
Pain in other regions of my body (e.g. back) 12 (9%) 99 (77%) 18 (14%) 129
Getting back to work 20 (15%) 86 (67%) 23 (18%) 129
Effect on my family 25 (21%) 79 (68%) 13 (11%) 117
Nausea 5 (9%) 48 (81%) 6 (10%) 59
Any other concerns 3 (8%) 26 (65%) 11 (27%) 40