Cultural beliefs affect patients’ perceptions of quality of life
A recent study shows that cultural beliefs may influence patients’ ability to manage their own wounds and assess their own health-related quality of life (HRQoL).
The Cardiff Wound Impact Schedule (CWIS), a questionnaire that assists clinicians with assessing HRQol in chronic wound cases, was used in this study to evaluate patients' cultural beliefs in Australia and the UK. Across all question domains, Australian patients gave an overall higher score in relation to cultural factors that can influence HRQol. Factors such as societal stigma, physical appearance, language barriers, societal/religious beliefs and expectation of expressing emotion were all taken into consideration.
More on this subject will be explored in the future, and will take into account the influences of ethnicity, clinical environment and multiethnic societies.
To see the poster presentation of this study on the Wounds International Virtual conference site, click here and download Cross - Cultural Influences Associated with Health-Related Quality of Life (HRQoL).
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