Questions from the guest lecture: Optimising wellbeing in people living with a wound
Question: What is the role of the nurse in a medical office setting? Is there a specific role or would it just be part of the practice as a whole in this setting? I am a nurse in this type of setting and my role is that of wound consultant. Do I incorporate it in my regular practice or is it a special role? Please clarify? Sofia
Monitoring and enhancing wellbeing is a central part of all nursing roles, and therefore should be incorporated into daily practice. The Wellbeing consensus document provides suggestions for simple ways to assess wellbeing. In particular, the five questions listed in Box 4 on page 8 can be asked whilst the health care provider plans or implements care and will provide great insight into the patient's wellbeing.
Question: I am a Podiatrist Wound Care Specialist. I would like to know if 'wellbeing in people living with a wound' is taught as a part of a nurse/podiatrist undergraduate course or if it is something that a health professional should improve on though post-graduate study. I don't think we have this type of course in Italy. Ilaria Teobaldi, Italy
The fundamentals of respect, empathy, caring and communication skills are essential for all health care practitioners, and it is usual for issues around understanding the patient, the concept of good communication skills etc to be taught at undergraduate level. The specialist application to wound healing is focused upon in far more detail at postgraduate level.
Question: Will the present economic crisis as well as cuts in healthcare affect the means of securing greater wellbeing in people with wounds? Javier Fernandez, Spain
This is difficult to answer as the cut in healthcare funding will affect different patient populations across the world to different extents and in different ways. However, the recommendations within the Wellbeing consensus document are about the fundamental right of patients and it is hoped that this can be integrated into care without the requirement of a major funding stream.
Question: What part should or could patient associations play in the area of wellbeing in relation to wounds? How much do you think they will promote the five-point action plan and support the consensus? Rod Hulme, Hull
The first challenge will be to make wound and patient associations aware of the guidance contained in the Wellbeing consensus document. It is anticipated that each association may choose to implement some parts of the guidance after adapting statements to meet their local needs and to
Question: How would you recommend getting industry and healthcare practitioners to work together successfully? Rosie
It is all too common for the focus of wound management to be on a 'magic' solution at the wound alone and a simple product-does-all silver bullet. The relationship between industry and clinician should focus on the broader elements of life with a wound, as well as the product solutions.
Industry and healthcare practitioners could further develop partnerships for training and education around wellbeing, correct product use and fit for broader needs and all elements of the holistic wound management experience (see the eight principles of a patient's wound management experience on page 4 of the Wellbeing consensus document).
Industry is in a prime position to help collect and manage data on wellbeing in people with wounds and wound care in general, and could further involve health care practitioners in its interpretation and dissemination. Industry and health care practitioners could also work together to design and produce practical tools that help support the wellbeing process, perhaps similar to the patient diaries included in the Wellbeing consensus document.
Question: Is there a place that professionals and patients (with their family) can visit (offline or online), to obtain patient Information or handouts on their wounds and the effect on the patient and family in general? I'm looking for consistency of information. Gail, USA
The resources referenced in the Wellbeing consensus document provide a starting place for healthcare professionals.
There are numerous internet sites with information about wounds and treatments, including those developed by patient groups and wound care product companies.
Sites with general information for health care practitioners, include:
For patients and their families:
Note: It is important that clinicians are happy with the information given on a website before recommending to a patient.
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