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RESTREPO-MEDRANO, Juan Carlos  and  VERDU, José. Measure healing in pressure ulcers: What do we have?. Gerokomos [online]. 2011, vol.22, n.1, pp.35-42. ISSN 1134-928X.

This paper is an update of the methods and instruments to measure wound healing. The way in which wounds are measured, often seems subjective, which makes assessing the effectiveness of treatments biased. In that article, we present the most widely used measurement methods in clinical and research fields to assess progress or regression of chronic wounds healing. While most of the instruments and tools listed refer only to pressure ulcers and only some have been used in other types of wounds, creating a void when trying to evaluate other wound types. Increased demand in the evidence-based practice makes optimal results in the assessment, treatment and cost effectiveness has become a priority. This coupled with the lack of validity for existing instruments, makes necessary to adopt a common approach to standardize a reliable method, with sensitivity to change and valid, in a way that allows clinicians to make quick and concrete decisions on the wound treated.

Keywords : Instruments to measure; wounds healing; pressure ulcers.

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