Does Use of a Wound After-Care Summary Improve Patient Satisfaction and Time to Wound Healing?
The purpose of this research study is to evaluate a patient education program for chronic wound care. The wound care nurse practitioner (NP) at the Ann Arbor VAMC will use a wound self-management "after-care summary" with approximately half of her patients. This study will examine whether using this patient education tool for self-management of wound care results in improved patient outcomes.
|Study Design:||Allocation: Randomized
Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Treatment
|Official Title:||Does Use of a Wound After-Care Summary Improve Patient Satisfaction and Time to Wound Healing?|
- patient satisfaction, frequency of self-management activities, time to healing [ Time Frame: Outcomes are measured at each participating patient's visit for one year or until the patient's wound is healed, whichever comes first. ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
|Study Start Date:||July 2008|
|Estimated Study Completion Date:||December 2009|
|Estimated Primary Completion Date:||June 2009 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)|
These patients receive the experimental intervention--the after-care summary.
Behavioral: After-care summary
The wound care NP will measure the wound and assess adherence to the following self-management activities: visiting the wound care clinic as scheduled; offloading; applying dressings; obtaining assistance at home; and participating in social activities. This information will be entered into a computer database on a VA computer that will generate a summary chart showing the relationship between adherence and wound healing. The generated "after-care summary" will be discussed with the patient and used to set self-management goals.
Active Comparator: 2
These patients are the control group and receive usual care.
Behavioral: Control group
Patients in the control group will receive usual counseling for self-management.
|United States, Michigan|
|VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System|
|Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States, 48113|
|United States, Washington|
|VA Puget Sound Health Care System, Seattle|
|Seattle, Washington, United States, 98101|
|Principal Investigator:||Julie C. Lowery, PhD MHSA||VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System|