How is COVID-19 affecting the delivery of wound care?
One of Wounds Canada’s goals is to support health-care professionals who provide wound care to Canadians. With COVID-19 spreading, research is necessary to minimize negative direct and indirect impacts on individual care providers and their families.
In order to address this, Wounds Canada has developed a qualitative online survey to collect data from the perspective of Canadian wound care clinicians (e.g., nurses, MDs and allied health professionals). Survey questions explore how the delivery of care has changed during the COVID-19 pandemic and how health-care providers have adapted delivery of wound care services with patients and their families.
Work is ongoing in collating and analyzing survey results from the initial, 3-, 6- and 9-month follow-up surveys. Preliminary data will be published in the May 2021 issue of Wounds International.
The Diabetic Footcare Facebook Group Study
Wounds Canada is collaborating with researchers from Queen's University to conduct a research study exploring the feasibility of using social media to engage persons with diabetes in preventing foot ulcers.
Participants randomized to the experimental group will be invited to join a virtual community through a private Facebook group. These participants will receive ongoing education based on incorporating core components of Wounds Canada's Diabetes, Healthy Feet and You Program. A trained peer leader, also living with diabetes, will co-moderate the Facebook group alongside the principal investigator to help participants problem solve and identify realistic goals.
We look forward to reporting preliminary data later this year.