Patients’ prediction of their wound healing time

Luis J. Borda, Jose A. Jaller, Penelope J. Kallis, Flor E. MacQuhae, Ingrid Herskovitz, Joshua D. Fox, Katherine L. Baquerizo, Robert Kirsner

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Understanding and managing patients’ expectations can help improve their adherence to treatment for chronic wounds; however, little is known concerning about their expectations regarding healing time. Recruited subjects were asked to predict how long their wounds would take to heal and their charts were reviewed to retrieve real time of healing. We recruited 100 subjects from which 77% have healed. Fifty-three subjects (68.8%) had a longer healing time than they predicted (underestimated), and 17 (22.1%) had a shorter healing time than they predicted (overestimated). Subjects with shorter wound duration history tended to predict shorter healing time than subjects with longer wound duration (p < 0.01). However, wound duration did not affect prediction accuracy (p = 0.65). Subjects with chronic wounds seem more often to underestimate their time of healing. Wound duration significantly influenced patients’ prediction time, although it did not make their prediction more accurate. Patient education about expectations may be important as patients often expect their wounds to heal faster than they actually do.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalWound Repair and Regeneration
StateAccepted/In press - Jan 1 2018

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Dermatology


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