Stress and Pain in Wound Care

The team’s primary research has focussed on the psychological stresses of wound management and highlighting that wound care can lead to pain, stress and psychological distress.  Professor Upton has highlighted that pain and stress can have a negative impact on both the patient and the wound and ultimately that this increased pain and stress leads to impaired healing and increased costs. Improving care by reducing pain and stress therefore improves the patient experience and wound outcomes. Through innovative research, the team have presented not only theoretical findings but also practical guidelines and recommendations.

Selected Publications

Upton, D. & Andrews, A. (2013). Negative Pressure Wound Therapy: Exploring Patients’ Experiences Throughout the Treatment Process (Abstract). EWMA Journal Supplement 13 (1), p142.

Upton, D. & Andrews, A. (2013). Patients’ Experiences of Negative Pressure Wound Therapy: A Systematic Review (Abstract) EWMA Journal Supplement 13 (1), p52.

Upton, D., Richardson, C., Van Acken, K., Andrews, A. & Springett, K. (2013). Diabetes, Pain
and the Consequences: Reflections from the MHC-Sponsored Symposium at the DFSG Conference. The Diabetic Foot Journal 16(1), 36-39.

Upton, D., Solowiej, K., & Woo, K. (2013). A multinational health professional perspective of the prevalence of mood disorders in patients with acute and chronic wounds. International Wound Journal, doi: 10.1111/iwj.12018.

Upton, D., Stephens, K., & Andrews, A. (2013). Patients’ Experiences of Negative Pressure Wound Therapy for the Treatment of Wounds: a Review. Journal of Wound Care, 22(1), 34-39.

Matsuzaki, K., & Upton, D. (2012). Wound treatment and pain management: a stressful time. International Wound Journal, doi: 10.1111/j.1742-481X.2012.01038.x

Solowiej, K., & Upton, D. (2012). Painful Dressing Changes for Chronic Wounds: Assessment and Management.British Journal of Nursing, 21 (20), 24-28.

Upton, D., & Hender, C. (2012). The cost of mood disorders in patients with chronic wounds. Wounds UK, 8(1), 107-109.

Upton, D., & Solowiej, K. (2012). The Impact of Atraumatic vs Conventional Dressings on Pain and Stress. Journal of wound care, 21(5), 209-215.

Upton, D., Hender, C., & Solowiej, K. (2012). Mood disorders in patients with acute and chronic wounds: a health professional perspective. Journal of wound care, 21(1), 42-46.

Upton, D., Solowiej, K., Hender, C., & Woo, K.Y. (2012). Stress and Pain Associated with Dressing Change in Patients with Chronic Wounds. Journal of Wound Care, 21(2), 53-61.