Institute of Epidemiology & Health Care


Exercising with a stoma

This study was funded by two UK charities: Bowel and Cancer Research and Ileostomy and Internal Pouch Association. We developed a a physical activity (PA) intervention to improve the quality of life (QoL) of people with a stoma, and ran a feasibility study of the intervention and trial parameters to inform a future main trial. The feasibility study demonstrated that a novel manualised PA intervention for people with a stoma is safe, feasible, and acceptable, and shows promise for improving outcomes. However, difficulties with recruitment need to be carefully considered to ensure the success of future studies in this area. The produced Manual is available on the Bowel & Cancer Research website (https://www.bowelresearchuk.org/research-hub/exercising-with-a-stoma/exercising-with-a-stoma-manual-for-pa-professionals/) and includes sections about bowel diseases and stoma, PA guidelines, PA consultations, PA prescriptions, goal-setting, PA preferences, PA benefits, motivating people to engage in PA, behaviour change techniques, pedometers, PA diaries, precautions for PA in patients with bowel disease, precautions for stoma hernia, solutions to address concerns about being active, experiences of being active, useful tips and resources, and frequently asked questions. We also produced a video for patients that discussed being physically active with a stoma: https://vimeo.com/333517504