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The Psychological Consequences of Wounds - a Vicious Circle that Should not be Overlooked.

Upton, Dominic and South, Felicity (2011) The Psychological Consequences of Wounds - a Vicious Circle that Should not be Overlooked. Wounds UK, 7 (4). pp. 136-138. ISSN 1746-6814

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Wounds and wound healing are often considered to be purely medical phenomena, but there is growing evidence that the psychological impact on the patient is of equal importance. The psychological consequences of having a wound may include stress, sleep disturbances, negative mood and social isolation. These outcomes may be a result of the physical effects of the wound, such as pain or high levels of exudate. Wound management problems, mobility issues and malodour will also have an impact on the patient’s psychological well-being. These consequences may, in turn, have a profound impact on the healing of a chronic wound and therefore affect an individual’s quality of life.

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Uncontrolled Discrete Keywords: wounds, wound healing, psychological impact, stress, sleep disturbance, negative mood, social isolation, wound management
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: College of Business, Psychology and Sport > School of Psychology
Depositing User: Laura Scurlock-Evans
Date Deposited: 03 Jul 2012 08:42
Last Modified: 17 Jun 2020 16:56

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