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Journal of Community Nursing (JCN) | April 2014

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Psychological aspects of wound care: implications for clinical practice

Psychological aspects of wound care: implications for clinical practice
Wound Management

Pages: 52 - 57

Article topics: Anxiety, Pain, Psychosocial issues, Stress, Wound Care

Chronic wounds have many psychosocial consequences, including stress, negative mood, pain, and social isolation. In addition to these, frequent dressing changes can cause the individual anxiety and stress. This article explores how wound management can influence both psychological outcomes and, potentially, the rate of healing. Implications for practice are identified, which need to be successfully employed to ensure that patient health is maximised and that the stress and pain associated with wound care are minimised in order that wound healing is improved.