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pain and wound healing, stress and wound healing, pain and stress



  1. Woo, Kevin Y. PhD, RN, ACNP, FAPWCA


PURPOSE: To enhance the learner's competence with implementing research on the effects of pain and stress on the wound healing process.


TARGET AUDIENCE: This continuing education activity is intended for physicians and nurses with an interest in skin and wound care.


OBJECTIVES: After participating in this educational activity, the participant should be better able to:


1. Interpret the interrelationships of pain, stress, and wound healing.


2. Apply strategies to minimize pain and anxiety for patients with chronic wound pain.



ABSTRACT: Wound-related pain is complex, involving a multitude of physiological and psychological factors, such as emotional state, culture, personality, meanings, and expectations. The impact of pain on the individual can contribute to stress and compromise quality of life. The purpose of this article is to review the relationships among pain, stress, and wound healing.