Patient Perspectives


Non-healing wounds impact the Quality of Life of patients to a degree comparable with other major diseases like Coronary heart disease, Bronchitis, emphysema, COPD, and even cancer.

To discuss why the patient’s perspective is important in wound management. Individuals with wounds have the right to expect that the health professional who is caring for them has been trained in the prevention and management of wounds.

The increasing prevalence and incidence of non-healing wounds is closely linked with quality of care and as such these rising figures reduce society’s confidence in the health service’s ability to deliver care that is timely, appropriate and effective. Indeed, the OECD Health Care Quality Indicators (HCQI) Project (OECD, 2002) includes hospital acquired pressure ulcers and surgical site infection rates as a key quality measures for international benchmarking of medical care at the health system level.

The cost effective, efficient management of individuals with wounds is a key factor in providing quality wound management services. For patients with wounds, being cared for by individuals who can provide such services is a fundamental right.

The presentations focused on the challenges  and opportunities from the perspective of the patient and their Health Care givers to find new initiatives and service in the treatment of individuals with  wounds. The presentation included patient involvement withy real-life examples.


The session took place on Wednesday 14 May from 16.45-18.00 in room N103/N104.