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Exploring Resilience When Living with a Wound — An Integrative Literature Review

School of Human and Health Sciences, University of Huddersfield, Queensgate, Huddersfield, HD1 3DH, UK
Faculty of Health Sciences, Australian Catholic University, Locked Bag 4115 Fitzroy MDC, Victoria 3065, Australia
Nursing Research Unit, St Vincent's Private Hospital Melbourne, 59-61 Victoria Pde Fitzroy, Victoria 3065, Australia
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Healthcare 2014, 2(3), 346-355;
Received: 13 May 2014 / Revised: 10 July 2014 / Accepted: 26 August 2014 / Published: 5 September 2014
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Wound Care)
The psychological impact for patients with wounds can be significant, and adverse psychological effects frequently occur when there are permanent changes in the body’s structure or function. Evidence suggests that anxiety, depression and stress can adversely affect the wound healing process. An integrative review examined any paper that discussed any patient in any health care setting who had experienced a psychological impact from the experience of having a wound and the experience of being resilient in that context. Ninety nine papers were located in the initial search with twelve meeting the inclusion criteria and being reviewed. A review of the papers identified that improvement and maintenance of quality of life was perceived to be an important aspect of patient management, but none focused on resilience as a primary endpoint. Further research is required into the clinical benefits of resilient behaviours in patients living with a wound. View Full-Text
Keywords: emotional; psychological impact; resilience; wound emotional; psychological impact; resilience; wound
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Ousey, K.; Edward, K.-L. Exploring Resilience When Living with a Wound — An Integrative Literature Review. Healthcare 2014, 2, 346-355.

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