Your patients may need a lot of help and guidance, both before and after stoma surgery. In this section, we present a wide variety of Coloplast tools, materials and programmes that can support you in caring for and helping your patients.

Stoma assessment guidance

Stoma Quality of Life

Stoma Quality of Life

The Stoma Quality of Life tool (Stoma-QoL) is a simple, validated questionnaire that can be used to measure quality of life in people with a stoma – and identify the issues that may cause anxiety or concern. Stoma Quality of Life tool

Assessing quality of life in stoma patients

People with a stoma can have many concerns – fear of leakage, embarrassment about their body, worries about becoming a burden to family and friends. When these concerns stop people from doing the things they enjoy, it puts their quality of life at risk.

With Stoma-QoL, healthcare professionals now have a standard and a common language with which to assess quality of life for people with a stoma. You can use the tool to monitor quality of life over time in the same person – or compare quality of life between patients.

Stoma-QoL is:

  • Specifically designed for people with a stoma – all questions are based on input from people with a stoma
  • Validated – tested in representative stoma populations in different countries
  • Reliable – weighted to emphasise the issues that are most critical to the respondent’s quality of life
  • Cross-cultural – translated into 16 languages
  • Simple – the questionnaire only takes 5–10 minutes to complete

Guidance for your patients

Guidance and tools to help your patients

At Coloplast, we support healthcare professionals with easy-to-use tools for your patients. See patient stoma tools here

Support materials for your patients

Support materials can help your patients in their daily life with a stoma. These materials can be given to your patients to read and use at home or discuss with you.


Coloplast Care

To help support new users of Coloplast ostomy products and the Charter Healthcare service, the Coloplast Care programme has been developed to provide helpful monthly magazines and phone support from our highly trained specialists. For more information about Coloplast Care, please speak to your local Coloplast representative or contact us.

Interactive Guide to Managing your ostomy

In order to help new ostomates to become confident with the preparation, application, use and disposal of your ostomy appliance, we have an interactive guide. The guide takes you through the practical aspects of managing ostomy appliances. View the guide.


Ostomy Skin Tool

Your opportunity to assess peristomal skin conditions in a unique standardized way

Aimed at ostomy care nurses

Ostomy Skin ToolThe Ostomy Skin Tool was developed with cooperation from the professional Coloplast Global Advisory Board, which represents members of highly qualified ostomy care nurses from 12 different countries.

The tool was developed for the DialogueStudy, a global clinical study, to assess the condition of peristomal skin over time. It has been tested in practice by the members of the Coloplast Global Advisory Board and some of their colleagues before being introduced into the DialogueStudy. 

The Ostomy Skin Tool consists of two parts; the DET score and the diagnostic guide.


As the Ostomy Skin Tool is a novel, standardized tool for assessing peristomal skin conditions over time, it is vital to understand how the Ostomy Skin Tool works and to prove the reproducibility.


Try the online version of the Ostomy Skin Tool below.

Body Profile Terminology

Coloplast’s Body Profile Terminology aims to define a common language for healthcare professionals and people with a stoma to use when describing the peristomal body profile. Peristomal body profile

Body Profile Terminology

No two bodies are the same. When choosing stoma appliances, the key to ensuring a good fit and reliable system is being able to know and describe the peristomal area accurately.

To make it easier for healthcare professionals and people with a stoma to describe and agree on a peristomal body profile, Coloplast has developed a common ‘language’. This set of terms, which we call our Body Profile Terminology, has been developed together with nurses and patient focus groups worldwide.


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