Well-Being in people with chronic wounds

This research explores well-being in people living with chronic wounds. The focus is on the positive psychological resources which support good mental health, and ultimately support physical healing.  We have developed a tool to measure well-being for this population called the Well-being of Wounds Inventory (WOWI) and have used this measure with people living with a range of chronic wounds (e.g. pressure injury, venous leg ulcer, diabetic foot ulcer) both in the UK and Australia. We have been able to demonstrate the benefits of social support for improving the well-being of someone living with a chronic wound and continue to explore how well-being relates to other aspects of wound care.

We are also extending this work to look at the impact that caring for someone with a chronic wound has on the caregiver

Selected Publications

Upton, D., Upton, P., & Alexander, R. (2016). Well-being in Wounds Inventory (WOWI): development of a valid and reliable measure of well-being in patients with wounds. Journal of wound care, 25(3), 114-120

Upton, D., Upton, P., & Alexander, R. (2015). The complexity of caring (Part 1): Detrimental health and well-being outcomes for caregivers of people with chronic wounds. Wound Practice & Research: Journal of the Australian Wound Management Association, 23(3), 104-108.

Upton, D., Upton, P., & Alexander, R. (2015). The complexity of caring (Part 2): Moderators of detrimental health and well-being outcomes for caregivers of people with chronic wounds. Wound Practice & Research: Journal of the Australian Wound Management Association23(3), 110.

Upton, D., Upton, P., & Alexander, R. (2015). Contribution of the Leg Club model of care to the well-being of people living with chronic wounds. Journal of wound care24(9).

Upton D., Andrews A., and Upton P. (2014) Venous Leg Ulcers: What about Well-being? Journal of wound care, 23(1), 14-17