The Impact of Ostomy on Quality of Life and Functional Status of Crohn's Disease Patients

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The potential need for an ostomy is a main concern for patients with inflammatory bowel disease. We performed this study to evaluate the impact of a long-term ostomy (≥6 mo duration) on the functional status and specific patient-reported outcomes in a population of patients with Crohn's disease (CD).


We performed a cross-sectional analysis within the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America Partners cohort. Bivariate analyses and logistic regression models were used to investigate associations between ostomy and various demographic, disease factors, and patient-reported outcomes for health-related quality of life.


A total of 402 CD patients with ostomy for a minimum duration of 6 months were compared with 4331 CD patients with no ostomy. Patients with ostomy were more likely to be in clinical remission compared with those without ostomy, 48.5% versus 31.3%, respectively. Having an ostomy did not impact the overall health-related quality of life and was not associated with anxiety, depression, sleep disturbances, or reduced sexual interest and satisfaction. However, the presence of ostomy was associated with reduced social role satisfaction in both patients with controlled and active disease. Additionally, in the subset of patients who did not achieve clinical remission, those with ostomy experienced greater pain interference (odds ratio, 1.63; 95% confidence interval, 1.12–2.35) and fatigue (odds ratio, 1.66; 95% confidence interval, 1.15–2.39).


Ostomy is well tolerated in CD patients, particularly when clinical remission is achieved.

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