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Compassion fatigue: an additional burden of managing challenging wounds?

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Compassion fatigue: an additional burden of managing challenging wounds?

Samantha Holloway
31 October 2019

The ‘burden of wound care’ is a phrase we often see used, particularly when stating costs/ health economics of managing individuals with both acute and chronic wounds. Posnett and Franks (2008) were among the first authors to discuss the ‘costs’ of chronic wound management in terms of monetary expenditure but also highlighted the ‘costs’ to patients in terms of the negative effects of wounds on their quality of life. Subsequently, Guest et al have published several papers examining the epidemiology and health economics of providing wound care in the NHS in the UK (Guest et al, 2015; 2017a; 2017b). Hence we have relatively strong data to illustrate the financial implications of the ‘burden of wounds’.

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