The issues that most concern patients requiring colorectal surgery are as follows:

1. The fear of cancer.

2. The fear of having a permanent intestinal stoma.

3. The fear of bowel incontinence.

The problem in evaluating quality of life issues in colorectal surgery are largely based on the methodology used for assessing quality of life. Most assessments of quality of life are based on questionnaires. Sometimes these questionnaires are difficult to interpret and difficult to understand. Face-to-face interviews often provide more in depth information but the results of interviews are difficult to quantify. In essence, quality of life assessment attempts to numerically assess abstract issues.

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