Communication with patients using negative wound pressure therapy and their adherence to treatment

Moffatt, C. ORCID: 0000-0002-2436-0129, Murray, S., Quere, I. and Aubeeluck, A.V., 2019. Communication with patients using negative wound pressure therapy and their adherence to treatment. Journal of Wound Care, 28 (11). ISSN 0969-0700

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Abstract

Objective: Wound healing is a normal physiological process which is moderated by biological and social factors. However, delayed healing is common amongst older people and in those with long term conditions. The purpose of this study was to explore the challenges of communication between patients and professionals and adherence to treatment for chronic wounds when using negative wound pressure therapy (NPWT).

Methods: Twenty-four participants, took part in face to face semi-structured interviews. Specific features of the NPWT device were the priority for discussion although we also explored other factors central to communication and adherence.

Results: Data saturation was achieved during the analysis. We found that patients require on-going support to understand complex and often protracted treatment and this is particularly important when specialist technology is used. A distinction was highlighted between those who decided not to adhere with therapy and those who did so unintentionally. Participants faced difficulties in their communications with professionals and in ensuring their needs were listened to and addressed.

Conclusions: Further research is needed to achieve a better understanding of this distinction and to evaluate interventions which can sustain adherence behaviours. Further exploration of how to establish concordant patient / professional communications is warranted.

Item Type: Journal article
Alternative Title: An exploration of the challenges of communication and adherence to treatment for patients undergoing negative wound pressure therapy [post-print]
Publication Title: Journal of Wound Care
Creators: Moffatt, C., Murray, S., Quere, I. and Aubeeluck, A.V.
Publisher: Mark Allen Group
Date: 2019
Volume: 28
Number: 11
ISSN: 0969-0700
Identifiers:
NumberType
10.12968/jowc.2019.28.11.738DOI
Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Depositing User: Jonathan Gallacher
Date Added: 20 Mar 2019 16:00
Last Modified: 03 Jan 2020 15:24
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/36106

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