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Managing radical surgery: notes from the patient's viewpoint.
  1. M P Kelly

    Abstract

    Based on a diary which was kept while preparing for and undergoing pan-proctocolectomy, the paper describes the process of coming to terms with an ileostomy. A number of stages in the process are identified: anticipation, reorientation, trauma, maintenance of selfimage and accommodation. The social-psychological strategies for coping with the process are elaborated.

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