Whether in hospital or at home, patients are likely to feel distressed about their chronic wound. They often suffer embarrassment because of the odour or drainage from the wound. Contact with family and friends often decreases, leaving many feeling alone and isolated.
Health care professionals should not underestimate how important a partner they can be in their patient’s care and recovery. By acknowledging their patients’ discomfort and stigma, they can help to explore options for emotional and psychological support.