Wounds cause women more stress than men
Chronic wounds are known to have a devastating impact on patient health-related quality of life (HRQoL), and now a study from Cardiff University, Wales, has shown that the stress caused by these wounds affects men and women in different ways.
The Cardiff Wound Impact Schedule (CWIS) measures HRQoL and the psychological impact of chronic wounds of the lower leg. It assesses patients' daily living and social life, and examines what issues are the most stressful.
The CWIS was completed by 206 patients with a variety of wound types. The HRQoL results reported that frustration with healing times, anxiety of bumping the wound, disturbed sleep, difficulty bathing and pain at the wound site were the most common concerns overall.
There were no differences in the general HRQoL ratings according to gender, however there was a significant gender difference in self-reported stresses. Women were considerably more stressed than men in regard to physical functioning, daily living and social life. The main issues for women were immobility, problems with everyday tasks and having to rely on others for help.
Financial difficulties, as a result of the wound, were considered the least stressful aspect by both genders.
To see the poster presentation of this study on the Wounds International Virtual Conference space, click here.