Rebecca is a doctoral candidate at the University of New South Wales (UNSW), Australia where she is undertaking research into the neuroscience of resilience at Neuroscience Research Australia (NeuRA). Rebecca also works as a Research Assistant and has co-authored and published papers in diverse fields spanning health psychology, public health, clinical psychology and teaching and learning best practice. As a graduate of the University of Canberra, Rebecca achieved First Class Honours in Psychology investigating the impact of language on emotion perception and was the recipient of the Dean’s Award for Academic Achievement.
KAREN BURTON Research assistant
MIRANDA CHILVER PhD Student
EMILY CROCETTI Visiting Research Assistant
Social support impacts well-being. Higher levels of social support encourage treatment adherence and aid healing in people living with chronic wounds. The Leg Club model of care harnesses social support mechanisms to improve patient outcomes. This study investigated whether social support mechanisms available through a Leg Club environment influenced well-being. Attending a Leg Club enhances well-being in people living with a chronic wound; social support has an important role to play in this relationship. Future research should consider the specific interplay of social support mechanisms of Leg Club, and other relevant wound-related variables to optimise patient well-being and treatment outcomes.
Physical and psychosocial deficits have been reported in people living with chronic wounds. While the negative impact of these factors on an individual's quality of life (QoL) is well documented, there has been little research into the well-being of those living with chronic wounds, despite recent calls for increased attention to this related, yet distinct construct. This paper introduces the Well-being in Wounds Inventory (WOWI) and provides support for the WOWI as a valid and reliable measure of well-being in patients living with chronic wounds. The current study highlights the importance of assessing well-being factors in individuals living with chronic wounds. It introduces the WOWI as a valid and reliable measure of well-being in chronic wound patients. The authors recommend health-care practitioners take account of well-being as part of a holistic treatment plan in order to maximise patient outcomes.