Quality of life in patient with non-healing wounds

Authors: L. Krupová 1,2;  A. Pokorná 3
Authors‘ workplace: Kožní oddělení, FN Ostrava 1;  Ústav ošetřovatelství a porodní asistence, LF Ostravská univerzita, Ostrava 2;  Katedra ošetřovatelství a porodní asistence, LF MU, Brno 3
Published in: Cesk Slov Neurol N 2019; 82(Supplementum 1): 40-43
Category: Original Paper
doi: 10.14735/amcsnn2019S40


Aim: The aim of the study was to document and analyze the quality of life (QoL) of a group of hospitalized patients with non-healing wounds by type of wound and to interpret the results of studies on QoL in patients with non-healing wounds.

Materials and methods: Prospective cross-sectional study in patients with non-healing wounds in the University Hospital Ostrava (September 2017–October 2018). The QoL assessment was carried out using the Wound-QoL questionnaire, filled on admission to hospital and 7th day of hospitalization. Data analysis was performed by Microsoft Excel and IBM SPSS software (significance level 0.05).

Results: 262 questionnaires were filled in 191 patients. 246 (100%) questionnaires (191 [77.6%] of primary assessments and 55 [22.4%] of assessments on 7th day of hospitalization) were used after the exclusion of inadequately filled in forms. The QoL was quantified using the global score of the Wound-QoL.

Conclusion: The study showed that the quality of life of patients with non-healing wounds varied according to the type of wound in primary assessment. The worst global score was found in patients with diabetic foot syndrome. The QoL did not differ between men and women in primary assessment. Wound-QoL has been proven to be an effective, easy-to-use and easy-to-evaluate tool for assessing the quality of life of patients with non-healing wounds in the study.

Supported by Ministry of Health, Czech Republic – conceptual development of research organization (FNOs/ 2017).


quality of life – non-healing wounds – Chronic wounds – Wound-QoL


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