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The psychosocial impact of chronic wounds on patients with severe epidermolysis bullosa.

Adni, T and Martin, K and Mudge, E (2012) The psychosocial impact of chronic wounds on patients with severe epidermolysis bullosa. Journal of wound care, 21 (11). 528, 530-6, 538. ISSN 0969-0700. This article is accessible to all HEFT staff and students via NHS Evidence www.evidence.nhs.uk by using their HEFT Athens login IDs

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Abstract

OBJECTIVE

To explore the lived experience of individuals with chronic wounds associated with dystrophic and junctional epidermolysis bullosa (EB),to improve understanding and, therefore, enhance the care provided to this group of patients by acquiring in depth data on the psychosocial issues that affect them.

METHOD

A phenomenological study using interpretive phenomenological analysis was employed. A purposive sampling method was used with six individuals replying to postal invitation to participate.

RESULTS

Following one-to-one interviews, six superordinate themes were identified. These were: coping, pain, perceptions, emotional impact, social impact and support network, each with subordinate themes. All of the superordinate themes have been identified by previous research into chronic wounds, burns and disfiguring conditions; however, new subordinate themes arose.

CONCLUSION

This study highlighted the need for individuals with EB to have a multidisciplinary approach to their care with a particular need for pain management, psychological intervention and nursing support from those whom clients perceive as understanding the requirements of patients with EB. Further research into identity issues in individuals with EB is advocated.

DECLARATION OF INTEREST

There were no external sources of funding for this study.The authors have no conflicts of interest to declare.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This article is accessible to all HEFT staff and students via NHS Evidence www.evidence.nhs.uk by using their HEFT Athens login IDs
Subjects: WO Surgery
Divisions: Ambulatory Care > Dermatology
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Depositing User: Mrs Yolande Brookes
Date Deposited: 03 Jul 2014 13:33
Last Modified: 05 Jul 2014 10:33
URI: http://www.repository.heartofengland.nhs.uk/id/eprint/286

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