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Solutions to the chronic wounds problem in Australia: A call to action

Solutions to the chronic wounds problem in Australia: A call to action

Pacella, R. E. ORCID: 0000-0002-9742-1957, Tulleners, R., Cheng, Q., Burkett, E., Edwards, H., Yelland, S., Brain, D., Bingley, J., Lazzarini, P., Warnock, J., Barnsbee, L., Pacella, T., Clark, K., Smith, M., Griffiths, I, Sussman, G., van Netten, J., Gibb, M., Gordon, J., Harvey, G, Hickling, D., Lee, X., Ploderer, B., Vallejo, A, Whalley, S. and Graves, N. (2018) Solutions to the chronic wounds problem in Australia: A call to action. Wound Practice and Research: Journal of Wounds Australia, 26 (2). pp. 84-98. ISSN 1837-6304

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Abstract

Background:
Chronic wounds are a silent epidemic in Australia. They are an under-recognised public health issue, and their significant health and economic impact is underestimated. Evidence-based practice in wound care has significant health and economic benefits, yet there are still considerable evidence–practice gaps.

Methods:
Stakeholders attended a national forum to refine and prioritise solutions to the chronic wounds problem in Australia. A survey was administered to identify key priorities and recommendations.

Results:
Stakeholders agreed on 17 recommendations and strategies to improve the outcomes of Australians with chronic wounds. The identified priorities for immediate action were to raise awareness of the significance of chronic wounds, and to make chronic wounds a strategic priority for governments. The Chronic Wounds Solutions Collaborating Group was established to encourage, support and monitor action on the implementation of these recommendations.

Conclusions:
Large health and economic gains can be achieved with modest investments in evidence-based strategies for the prevention and control of chronic wounds in Australia. We call for a critical and sustained national effort to prevent and treat chronic wounds in Australia. Urgent action is needed at all levels if Australia is to reduce the significant preventable burden of chronic wounds and improve patient outcomes.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Chronic wounds, Australia, evidence-based wound care, cost-effectiveness, awareness, recommendations, call to action
Subjects: R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Education & Health
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Last Modified: 11 Oct 2019 15:57
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URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/25452

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