Exploring self-management for those with a chronic wound: consent, capability, commitment and concordance. The development of a “Self-management Appraisal Tool (SAT).

Keele University

About the Project

Chronic wounds present a growing burden to healthcare delivery, with an estimated 3.8 million patients managed by the NHS in 2017-2018 (Guest et al, 2020). The current model of ‘nurse-led’ chronic wound care is unsustainable and requires a re-think. Self-management is a popular approach, but it is not without risk. How do health care professionals select those who can safely take on this role? Those who manage patients with chronic wounds are under pressure due to caseload demands; how can we enable them, at pace, to select patients who can safely be given the responsibility to self-manage their chronic wound.

Wound prevalence increases with age; with demographic changes, the ‘burden’ of chronic wounds will increase year on year. Self-management is a key driver for the Government and National Health Service (NHS) to ensure care delivery is as manageable as possible (NHS, 2019). Consent, capability, commitment, and concordance are key to the sustained success of self-management, especially in the wound care arena.

This PhD will focus on establishing which patients are suitable to take on the responsibility of self-management. Patients and nurses with experience of wound care will form part of a stakeholder advisory group to guide this research. 

Please follow the link here to apply: https://www.keele.ac.uk/study/postgraduateresearch/studentships/exploringself-managementforthosewithachronicwound/

Please note that the original deadline for applications has been extended and applications will now be accepted until 15th November 2023.

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