American College of Wound
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Executive Summary

The following is the Executive Summary from the whitepaper entitled "Patient-Centered Outcomes in Wound Care.".

The approach to treating a chronic or delayed healing wound has evolved greatly over the past 15 years and is best carried out by multidisciplinary teams centered on the patient's specific situation and needs.

Patients with chronic wounds do not feel engaged in the decisions made regarding their care. As a result, patient concerns about the care of their wounds are often not aligned with the concerns of their health care providers.

Patients, caregivers, and clinicians alike strongly believe that wound healing should be managed by teams of health care providers who would work together at wound care clinics to provide high quality care (centers of excellence). The staff at these wound care clinics would be thoroughly versed in both the medical and non-medical aspects of chronic wounds.

Limited research funding on wound care and wound healing translates to a poor understanding of disease pathology and a limited ability to predict which patients respond or do not respond to different treatment modalities, detracting from the quality of patient care.

All clinical studies on wound healing technologies, methods, and products, regardless of the funding source, should include validated patient-centered outcome measures.

Criteria must be identified and used as a basis for assessing wound care centers and the credentials of physicians who work as specialists in wound healing and as deliverers of evidence-based, high-quality wound care.