Stoma Ileostomy, Stoma Colostomy Clinical Trial
Quality of Life Impact After Enhanced Follow-up of Ostomy Patients by a Home Healthcare Nursing Service Employing Stomal Therapy Nurse Consultants Compared to Conventional Care
To evaluate the impact of enhanced ostomy patient follow-up by a HHN including stomal therapy nurse consultants on the improvement of patient health QoL at 3 months compared to standard follow-up.
France currently has about 80,000 ostomy patients. Stoma placement exposes patients to many surgical or peristomal skin complications which could impair the quality of life of the ostomy patient. The management of ostomy patients varies from institution to institution and according to how the patient's medical equipment is supplied as well as whether or not specialised personnel are available. In the last decade, the market for stoma therapy in France has evolved, with a significant increase in the delivery of equipment by HHNs, meeting a need for patient follow-up and accompaniment. This increased preference of HHNs to use specialist nurses seems to be explained by the added benefits. Early international studies have demonstrated the impact of an enterostomal therapy nurse follow-up on the improvement of ostomy patient's quality of life (QoL) relative to their health. However, none of the studies available today on follow-ups performed by an enterostomal therapist included the French population. Furthermore, the studies show methodological gaps, a limited time span and are based on strong hypotheses. In this context, FSK would like to implement a clinical study to assess the added value on the health-related QoL from the enhanced follow-up of ostomy patients by a HHN including stomal therapists. The interventional group will benefit from delivery and enhanced follow-up by the FSK HHN provided, in particular, by stomal therapy nurse consultants and patient-relation experts during in-person or remote appointments in addition to the routine care delivered and prescribed by the sites. The control group will receive the routine care prescribed by the sites and will be provided with ostomy equipment by FSK. ;