Wound care evidence, knowledge and education amongst nurses: a semi-systematic literature review

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The aims of this study were to determine the knowledge and skills of nurses involved in wound care, to provide a critical overview of the current evidence base underpinning wound care and to determine the extent of utilisation of existing evidence by nurses involved in the management of wounds in practice.

A semi-systematic review of the literature was undertaken on Cinahl, Medline Science Direct and Cochrane using the search terms: wound, tissue viability, education, nurse, with limitations set for dates between 2009 and 2017 and English language.

Shortfalls were found in the evidence base underpinning wound care and in links between evidence and practice, prevalence of ritualistic practice and in structured education at pre- and post-registration levels.

The evidence underpinning wound care practice should be further developed, including the conduction of independent studies and research of qualitative design to obtain rich data on both patient and clinician experiences of all aspects of wound management. More structured wound care education programmes, both at pre-registration/undergraduate and professional development levels, should be established.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)53-61
JournalInternational Wound Journal
Issue number1
Early online date17 Oct 2017
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2018



  • Education
  • Nurse
  • Tissue viability
  • Wound

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