The Impact of Pressure Ulcers on Health Related Quality of Life

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Article Critique: What Influences the Impact of Pressure Ulcers on Health-Related Quality of Life? A Qualitative Patient-Focused Exploration of Contributory Factors Problem Statement This qualitative study by Gorecki, Nixon, Madill, Firth, and Brown (2012) was conducted to ascertain the health-related quality of life (HRQL) as an important and relevant outcome in patients suffering pressure ulceration and the various factors that affect it. Pressure ulcers (PUs) are areas of necrosis and ulceration where tissues are compressed between bony prominences and hard surfaces. The authors note that the existing PU literature combines HRQL outcomes and contributory factors conceptually without distinction between the two. Contributory factors may have implications for the effectiveness of wound care treatments and the overall impact on HRQL. These factors need to be considered to enable holistic and individually tailored PU treatment and management aimed at improving HRQL in people with PUs. Purpose and Research Questions This study aimed to identify and define contributory factors that affect PU related HRQL and explore patterns of association between HRQL and contributory factors. It is the second stage of a larger study of PU related HRQL issues. The perspective of patients receiving care was a central issue in all aspects of this study. The authors generated a theoretical taxonomy with the intention of informing future research and holistic healthcare practice relevant
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