FREE TO NON-PROFIT USERS
Easily available to clinicians and researchers

SHORT INDEPENDENTLY FUNCTIONING SCALES
Choice of scales customizable for different needs

MEASURING WHAT MATTERS TO PATIENTS
Appearance, quality of life, adverse effects

USED WIDELY AROUND THE WORLD
Available in multiple languages

STRONG PSYCHOMETRIC PERFORMANCE
Rigorously developed and sensitive to clinical change

CUSTOMIZABLE FOR DIFFERENT NEEDS

The WOUND-Q was developed for use with all types of chronic wounds in any anatomic location.

The WOUND-Q conceptual framework was developed from qualitative interviews with 60 patients from 4 countries, careful examination of the research literature and engagement with healthcare professionals working with patients with chronic wounds.

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Scale Structure

The WOUND-Q was developed for use with all types of chronic wounds in any anatomic location. The WOUND-Q conceptual framework was developed from qualitative interviews with 60 patients from 4 countries, careful examination of the research literature and engagement with healthcare professionals working with patients with chronic wounds. The WOUND-Q measures 4 overarching domains: Wound Characteristics; Health-Related Quality of Life; Experience of Care; and Wound Treatment. Each domain includes one or more independently functioning scales. Since each scale is scored separately, clinicians and researchers are able to administer the subset of scales that are relevant to their situation.

WOUND CHARACTERISTICS

The WOUND-Q module includes 3 scales that measure wound characteristics. The Assessment scale measures how concerned a patient is with their chronic wound in the past week. This scale comprehensively covers a range of wound characteristics (e.g., size, shape, pain, swelling, drainage, odor, etc). The other two scales in this domain measure how bothered people are with two key wound characteristics, i.e., drainage and smell.

HEALTH-RELATED QUALITY OF LIFE

The WOUND-Q includes 4 health-related quality of life scales. The first scale measures Life Impact with items that ask how much the wound(s) have affected close relationships, social life, ability to be independent, emotional wellbeing etc. The 3 remaining scales measure specific concerns including how the chronic wound(s) affect sleep, psychological and social function.

EXPERIENCE OF CARE

The WOUND-Q includes 4 scales that measure patients’ experience of healthcare. The first scale measures satisfaction with information the patient has received about chronic wounds from the wound care team, as well as how the information was given. The other 3 scales measure satisfaction with members of the health care team, including home care nurses, the wound team and office staff in the wound clinic.

WOUND TREATMENT

The WOUND-Q includes 2 scales that measure common treatments for chronic wounds. One scale measures dressing (eg, easy to put on and remove, how often it needs to be changed, how comfortable it is to wear, etc). The other scale measures satisfaction with the use of a suction device (eg, vacuum pump device, negative pressure therapy dressing).

WOUND-Q FRAMWORK

Our Team

Dr Anne Klassen

Dr Anne Klassen

McMaster University, Canada
Dr Karen Wong Riff

Dr Karen Wong Riff

Hospital for Sick Children, Canada

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