Dinah Gould

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Consumer views of pressure sores: a preliminary survey

Aim To obtain consumer views about pressure sore development, particularly in A&E departments. Method The local Patient and Carers Association received a freepost survey in the form of a simple fixed choice questionnaire. Results Fewer than half the questionnaires were returned. Relatively few respondents were aware that pressure sores could be avoided, and few were aware that prolonged bed rest or lying on a hospital trolley could increase the risk. Conclusion The survey raised more questions than it managed to answer. More research is needed into the views of patients and carers before they can be involved in healthcare planning.

Primary Health Care

Wound management and pain control

Aims and intended learning outcomes The aims of this article are to provide an account of different types of wound and the aetiology of pain associated with wounds. The healing process is described with special emphasis on pain control during wound management. After reading this article you should be able to:

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Wound management and pain control

In recent years there have been many advances in the management of wounds, but one area which is still neglected is pain control. The author describes the physiology of wound pain and how careful management can reduce patients’ discomfort.

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Uterine problems: the menstrual cycle

This article explains what sort of uterine problems women may experience and the role of the nurse caring for women with such problems.

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Research in the clinical area: the ethical issues

Healthcare professionals have a duty to undertake research, say the authors of this article, yet the patient’s perspective is rarely considered. Here, they review the ethical aspects of clinical research.

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