The concept HRQoL is generally defined as those aspects of overall quality of life that can be clearly shown to affect or be affected by the patient’s physical or mental health status. HRQoL can be measured quantitatively by two basic approaches: Generic instruments that provide a summary of HRQoL in general terms, and disease- or condition-specific instruments that are adapted to different diseases or conditions.
Although there are numerous publications regarding HRQoL and well-being, there is still a lack of a structured overview of the definitions and of the instruments available for assessment and measurement within wound management.
This EWMA initiative aims to provide this overview and recommendations for use of the available assessment tools.
OVERALL AIM OF THE PROJECT
With this project, EWMA aims to highlight the importance of evaluating the patient´s HRQoL in relation to wound management.
The project is planned to include:
- An overview of available instruments and their documentation
- Recommendations for evaluating specific wound related QoL issues