Self-care practice of ostomy patients: contributions of the Orem’s theory


  • Luciana Catunda Gomes Menezes
  • Maria Vilani Cavalcante Guedes
  • Roberta Meneses Oliveira
  • Shérida Karanini Paz de Oliveira
  • Lídia Stella Teixeira de Meneses
  • Maria Euridéa de Castro


Nursing, Ostomy, Nursing Care, Self Care.


This study aimed to identify the conditioning factors to self-care practice of ostomy patients, and verify knowledge and practices on stoma care. Descriptive and qualitative study, referencing the Orem’s Self-Care Theory, carried out at the Ostomy Association of Fortaleza-CE, Brazil, in June and July 2007. We identified as the main conditioning factors for self-care: male, aged over 51 years, low education, from the capital city/metropolitan area, married, and with low family income. From the participants’ statements, emerged three categories: Learning to take care of stoma: education-support system; Stoma Care: knowledge and practices; and Difficulties found in the practice of self-care. It was concluded that ostomy patients require a multidimensional and individualized nursing care, which enables them to perform self-care effectively.





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Menezes, L. C. G., Guedes, M. V. C., Oliveira, R. M., Oliveira, S. K. P. de, Meneses, L. S. T. de, & Castro, M. E. de. (2013). Self-care practice of ostomy patients: contributions of the Orem’s theory. Rev Rene, 14(2). Retrieved from



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