The Impact of patient health and lifestyle factors on wound healing

Project period: 2020–ongoing

This project sets out to understand the prevalence of various health and chronic illness risk factors among those with chronic wounds and how those factors influence healing.

The primary deliverable is an focus document which is organised in two parts. Part 1 covers stress, sleep, smoking, medication, illicit drug use and alcohol consumption, all commencing with an understanding of pathophysiology as it relates to wound healing, followed by a review of the literature as it applies to chronic wounds. Part 2 covers physical activity and nutrition.

EWMA Document: The Impact of Patient Health and Lifestyle Factors on Wound Healing

The document is published in two parts as a supplement to the Journal of Wound Management, vol. 23, 1. 

You can download the document here:


External document appendices (referred to in the document) can be downloaded here: 

Project objectives

The objectives of this project are to:

  • Systematically review the literature on lifestyle factors and risk factors for chronic illness and their influence on wound healing and provide a synthesis of current research on the impact of lifestyle factors and risk factors for chronic illness on wound healing
  • Develop a up-to-date resource for clinicians, policymakers and researchers alike, which includes: 
    • recommendations for future research and indentification of areas of certainty and uncertainty.
    • recommendations, tailored for both healthcare professionals and patients, on how they may integrate different lifestyle factors and their implications for a wound management plan / wound self-management.

Author group

Georgina Gethin (editor, Ireland)
Jaap van Netten (the Netherlands)
Sebastian Probst (Switzerland)
Luboš Sobotka (Czech Republic)
Evelien Touriany (Belgium)

Project sponsors

This project is supported by an unrestricted grant from: