Patient expectations of pressure ulcer prevention in the NHS, healthcare demands and national policy : a critical commentary

Wynn, MO ORCID: 2020, 'Patient expectations of pressure ulcer prevention in the NHS, healthcare demands and national policy : a critical commentary' , British Journal of Nursing, 29 (20) , S26-S31.

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Preventive care was recently identified as a Government priority, which is likely to affect pressure ulcer (PU) preventive care in the NHS. Contemporary economic analyses of PU prevention interventions are undermined by factors including methodological challenges and poor inter-rater reliability of PU risk assessment tools. Healthcare demands on the NHS created by PU prevention remain unclear, although the burden is high, with litigation costs rising continuously. The poorly understood economics of PU prevention may create variation in practice. Patient expectations of PU prevention may be influenced by mainstream media, national awareness campaigns and the varied information and advice offered by professionals. Patient expectations and low levels of functional health literacy may create confusion and unrealistic expectations. This article critically examines the impact of recent changes in Government priorities related to PU prevention, considering the effects of healthcare demand, economics and patient expectations.

Item Type: Article
Schools: Schools > School of Health and Society
Journal or Publication Title: British Journal of Nursing
Publisher: Mark Allen Publishing
ISSN: 0966-0461
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Depositing User: MO Wynn
Date Deposited: 17 Nov 2020 08:13
Last Modified: 17 Nov 2020 08:15

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