Holistic management of wound-related pain

This document aims to review the evidence for the holistic management of wound-related pain in individuals with chronic wounds in order to provide recommendations for healthcare professionals in clinical practice.


The document includes the following crucial elements in a successful management of wound pain:

  • Overview of the multidimensional nature of wound pain and its causes;
  • Holistic assessment of the patient in pain and its documentation;
  • Physical therapies for wound-related pain management;
  • The role of patient education for wound-related pain;
  • Psychological approaches for wound-related pain;
  • Complementary and alternative medicine for wound-related pain.

The document is published as a supplement to the Journal of Wound Management, vol. 25, 1.

Working group

  • Samantha Holloway (chair), Reader and Programme Director, (MSc in Wound Healing and Tissue Repair) Centre for Medical Education, School of Medicine, College of Life and Biomedical Sciences at the Cardiff University, EWMA Council member and Chair of EWMA Education Committee and Teacher Network, United Kingdom,
  • Kirsti Ahmajärvi MD (GP), Communal home care unit, City of Järvenpää, Central Uusimaa Region, Finland. EPUAP Trustee and board member in the Finnish Wound Care Society
  • Nicoletta Frescos, Lecturer and clinical educator at La Trobe University, Victoria; Clinical Research coordinator and podiatry wound consultant at the Austin Health Wound Clinic; Health adviser for the Department of Veteran’s Affairs, Australia
  • Sue Jenkins, Senior Lecturer and Programme Director for four MSc programmes (including MSc in Pain Management), Centre for Medical Education, School of Medicine in Cardiff University, member of the British Pain Society’s Pain Education Committee and their Pain Education Special Interest Group, United Kingdom
  • Andrea Pokorná, Associate Professor of Nursing and a specialized international coordinator for the Department of Nursing at Masaryk University (Faculty of Medicine). EWMA Council Member and member of the EWMA Education Committee, Czech Republic
  • Alisha Oropallo, Director of the Comprehensive Wound Healing Center at Northwell Health and associate Professor at Zucker Hofstra School of Medicine and Feinstein Institutes of Medical Research, New York, AAWC board member, United States of America
  • Patricia Price (reviewer), Professor, Professor of Burn Injury Research. Centre for Global Burn Injury Policy and Research, Swansea University and Emeritus Professor, Cardiff University, United Kingdom
  • Simona Slezáková, PhD Masaryk University, Faculty of Medicine, Dept. of Health Sciences, Institute of Biostatistic and Analyses, The Czech National Centre for Evidence-Based Healthcare and Knowledge Translation, Brno, Czech Republic

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