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Healthcare 2014, 2(3), 272-281;

The Patient’s Conceptions of Wound Treatment with Negative Pressure Wound Therapy

Department of Surgery, Department of Clinical Science and Education, Södersjukhuset, Karolinska Institutet, SE-171 77 Stockholm, Sweden
Received: 31 March 2014 / Revised: 10 June 2014 / Accepted: 2 July 2014 / Published: 21 July 2014
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Wound Care)
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During the last two decades, additional methods have been developed in wound care where traditional treatments have been insufficient. Negative pressure wound therapy (NPWT) is one such method. This method has been described in multiple studies, but still, many pieces of the puzzle are missing to get a complete picture of NPWT’s impact on the patient’s health-related quality of life and how the patient experiences the treatment. The purpose of this study was to describe the patient’s conceptions of wound treatment with NPWT. The study was inspired by phenomenography, and eight interviews were conducted with patients treated with NPWT. The results of the study were grouped into two main categories: stress and adaptation. Three descriptive categories were presented under stress: personal environment, competence of the nursing staff and organization and continuity of the dressing changes. Two descriptive categories were presented under adaptation: knowledge and creativity and confidence with the healthcare. Patients were affected by the treatment, and at times, the stress meant that they had difficulty coping. The most common source of stress observed in this study was the care environment, particularly the organization of the dressing changes and deficiencies in the healthcare personnel’s competence. View Full-Text
Keywords: negative pressure wound therapy; NPWT; wound treatment; patient’s conceptions negative pressure wound therapy; NPWT; wound treatment; patient’s conceptions
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Fagerdahl, A.-M. The Patient’s Conceptions of Wound Treatment with Negative Pressure Wound Therapy. Healthcare 2014, 2, 272-281.

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