Self-treatment of chronic wounds
Chronic wounds affect up to 15% of Australians and cost our health care system AU$2.85 billion per annum. These wounds are disfiguring and cause pain and suffering. People who self-treat chronic wounds are not represented in current research and their experiences of self-treatment as well as their wound outcomes have not been documented. This group does not have adequate support in the community.
This study will for the first time describe and quantify the extent, characteristics and impact of self-treatment of chronic wounds in the community and thereby provide evidence of the scale and the needs of this vulnerable group.
Kapp S, Santamaria N
Australian Legion of Ex-servicemen and Women (2013-2016)