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The purpose of this study was to explore health-related quality of life in persons living with ostomies and to compare these findings with a community-dwelling population residing in the United States. This detailed analysis reports the magnitude of physical limitations for each domain within the Physical Component Summary.Cross-sectional design.Potential respondents were identified by randomly sampling from proprietary databases containing e-mail contact information provided by persons living with a fecal or urinary ostomy. The sample comprised 2329 persons with ostomies; most were male (53.4%), and living with a single fecal ostomy (82.7%) or urostomy (21%). Health-related quality of life was measured using the Medical Outcomes Study Short Form–36 version 2.Persons with an ostomy are more likely to experience limitations in vigorous activity than individuals in the general population (odds ratio [OR]: 3.46, 95% confidence interval [CI]: 3.03-3.96) and activities requiring moderate exertion (OR: 2.72, 95% CI: 2.45-3.03). The prevalence of respondents reporting limitations was highest for those with colostomies.Persons with ostomies are more likely to report significant limitations in physical health than age-matched persons in the general population. Additional research is needed to determine whether these limitations are caused by the ostomy itself or a combination of factors including the underlying disease that led to creation of a stoma.