The following is a summary of “Predictors of Psychological Distress among Patients with Colorectal Cancer-Related Enterostomy: A Cross-sectional Study,” published in the February 2023 issue of Critical Care by Li, et al.

For a study, researchers sought to find factors in individuals with enterostomies who could be at risk for psychological suffering.

In accordance with the inclusion criteria, researchers selected 77 stoma patients from a stoma clinic. The Eysenck Personality Questionnaire was used to establish the personality type of the patients, and the Discomfort Thermometer (DT) instrument was used to measure their psychological distress. Along with demographic information, they gathered information on diseases. Finally, with the use of numerous regression analyses, predictive values were determined.

About 85.7% of patients consistently experienced psychological distress, with a mean DT score of 5.94 (SD, 1.81) for all patients. Higher psychological anguish was linked to being single, having peristomal issues, and having a monthly income of at least 5,000¥. Conversely, lower psychological discomfort was linked to having a monthly income of at least 5,000. Additionally, individuals with gloomy personality types tended to have higher DT scores, which may be a powerful independent predictor of psychological suffering.

Most stoma patients experienced moderate to severe psychological anguish during follow-up care. Clinicians may be able to identify at-risk patients as early as feasible and offer the best therapy possible to enhance patients’ quality of life by examining the linked characteristics that predict the degrees of psychological distress.