History in Brief
The European Wound Management Association (EWMA) was founded in 1991, and the association works to promote the advancement of education and research into native epidemiology, pathology, diagnosis, prevention and management of wounds of all aetiologies.
EWMA is an umbrella organisation linking wound management associations across Europe and a multidisciplinary group bringing together individuals and organisations interested in wound management.
EWMA works to reach its objectives by being an educational resource, organising conferences, contributing to international projects related to wound management, actively supporting the implementation of existing knowledge within wound management and providing information on all aspects of wound management.
Objectives and goals
EWMA works continuously to improve European wound patients’ quality of life. We pursue identifying and advocating the highest quality of treatment available and its cost effectiveness from a multidisciplinary point of view. We work to reach our objectives by being an educational resource for health care professionals working with wound care and prevention. We organise conferences, contribute to international projects related to wound management, actively support the implementation of existing knowledge and provide information on all aspects of wound management.
Thus, EWMA strives to be the organisation that citizens, patients, professionals, Governments, Health Services and educational institutes come to for advice, expertise and opinion in Europe.
EWMA works to achieve the following goals:
- Be the overarching ‘umbrella’ organisation under which European wound healing associations col-laborate.
- Support patients to play a key role in prevention and their own treatment as a central member of the multidisciplinary treatment team.
- Provide highly accessible educational resources for citizens, patients and professionals.
- Promote wounds as one of the major challenges for the quality of life of citizens as well as a major contributor to the economic burden of European health care systems.
- Actively promote to Governments and other decision makers that wounds are preventable by im-plementation of adequate prevention measures.
- Promote the delivery of cost-effective, evidence-based best practice wound prevention and wound treatment.
- Promote a multidisciplinary approach to the prevention and treatment of wounds.
EWMA works towards the fulfilment of these goals through:
- EWMA documents regarding epidemiology, pathology, diagnosis, prevention and management of wounds of all aetiologies and education into these topics.
- Hosting of multidisciplinary wound conferences and training courses in Europe.
- Creation of forums for networking and sharing of experiences for individuals and organisations actively involved in wound management.
- Advocacy activities targeting policy-makers and key-opinion leaders in national governments and the European Union.
- Providing guidance for practices.