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On-line version ISSN 1699-5988Print version ISSN 1132-1296

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MARTIN MUNOZ, Begoña  and  CRESPILLO DIAZ, Antonia Yolanda. Information, a key element to re-establish self-esteem: the case of a recently ostomized person. Index Enferm [online]. 2015, vol.24, n.3, pp.169-173. ISSN 1699-5988.  http://dx.doi.org/10.4321/S1132-12962015000200011.

Gastrointestinal ostomies involve creating a stoma in the abdominal wall for excretory proposes. This procedure results in important changes that affect the patient in many ways, physical, psychological and social, requiring an effort to overcome. This report describes the experience of a person who had an ileostomy due to colorectal cancer. During the postoperative period the patient underwent a semistructured in-depth interview, fully recorded digitally for later transcription and qualitative analysis. The emotional impact triggered by the situation and misinformation were the main subject categories discussed by the patient. The narrative of this patient's experience highlights the need to provide personalized care considering the emotional needs of the patient in order to ease the process of coping and adapting.

Keywords : Coping; Colostomy; Qualitative Research; Medical informatics; Self Concept.

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