EWMA 2020, 18-19 Nov

Evidence for Person-centred Care in Chronic Wound Care

Project period: 2019-2020

Wound care is a growing financial burden for many healthcare systems. The total cost of wound care accounts for 2–4 % of European healthcare budgets, and a significant share of acute hospital beds are occupied by patients with wounds who require specialist treatment and care.1 There is a pressing need to optimise the wound care processes and ensure that patients receive the right treatment planning and relevant information. To facilitate this process, we need a systematic approach to improving communication between patients and caregivers.  

Wound management is a very complex process involving different professionals and services. This increases the risk of communication failures at different points in the treatment trajectory. To address the complex health care needs of individuals with wounds, it is important to include the patient’s perspective and knowledge, as well as the professional skills and knowledge provided by a range of specialists. All of these factors point to the need to place the patient ‘at the heart of decision-making’.

Person-centered care is one approach to improve patient outcomes in wound care as it values patients’ perspectives, beliefs and autonomy and considers the person as a whole within the cultural context in which care is provided.

Objectives and deliverables

The primary objective of this project is to help wound care practitioners optimise the wound care process through patient-centred care.

We aimed to review the evidence on the use of person-centered care (PCC) in chronic wound care management and provide recommendations for practice and future research.

Author Group

Georgina Gethin (Editor), Ireland

Patricia Price, United Kingdom

Sebastian Probst, Switzerland

Jan Stryja, Czech Republic

Project sponsors

This project is supported by an unrestricted grant from:

Do you want to learn more about person-centred care?

You can listen to the EWMA podcast on Person-centred care. Who is in charge of the wound? Host: Julie Jordan O'Brien, guest: Georgina Gethin