Supporting the self-management of distress experienced by young adults with a stoma due to IBD

Friday, January 26, 2024 11:30 - 12:10

Young adults, aged 18-35, who have a stoma due to IBD commonly experience distress due to body image concerns, sexual difficulties and lowered self-esteem. Early and effective support may reduce the risk that these young adults will develop depression. In our previous research young adults reported the desire for age-appropriate online resources to support self-management of stoma-related distress. In this presentation I will discuss ongoing research in which we are collaborating with young adults with a stoma, healthcare professionals and IBD/stoma charities, to co-produce a digital intervention to support the self-management of distress experienced by young adults following stoma surgery

Dr Benjamin Saunders, Senior Lecturer in Health , Keele University