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Guest Editorial: Evidence-based practice in wound care: Toward addressing our knowledge gaps

Author(s): Kath M. Bogie, DPhil

Journal: Journal of Rehabilitation Research and Development
ISSN 0748-7711

Volume: 48;
Issue: 3;
Start page: VII;
Date: 2011;
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Keywords: wound care | chronic wounds | wound care research | pressure ulcer | wheelchair cushion | pressure ulcer development

Chronic nonhealing wounds are a major complication for many veterans. Particularly at risk are veterans with reduced mobility, such as those who have suffered a spinal cord injury (SCI). Chronic wounds cause significant suffering, including profound negative effects on general physical health, socialization, financial status, body image, level of independence, and control. For individuals with SCI, the development of a pressure ulcer is one of the leading causes of readmission to the hospital after acute rehabilitation and a major source of morbidity and even mortality. The management of chronic wounds is also extremely costly for clinical facilities, from the acute care setting to long-term care.
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