Functional capacity and quality of life of patients with chronic wounds

Aline Costa de Oliveira, Andressa dos Santos Alvarenga, Franciane de Sousa Freitas, Daniel de Macêdo Rocha, Sandra Marina Gonçalves Bezerra, Lídya Tolstenko Nogueira

Objective: To evaluate functional capacity and quality of life (QoL) of patients with chronic wounds. Methods: A cross-sectional analytical study composed of 74 patients with chronic wounds accompanied at a reference center for the treatment of complex wounds in Teresina, state of Piaui. Data were collected using the Katz index and the Cardiff Wound Impact Schedule. Results: Among the domains, the “well-being” had a lower mean score and the degree of dependence obtained a signifi cant association with the well-being and “social life” domains. The bathing, dressing, personal hygiene and locomotion activities showed an association between the domains of QoL. Conclusion: The degree of independence in performing the basic activities of daily living, especially bathing, dressing and personal hygiene, presented higher scores between domains, indicating a better QoL. It is expected that the implantation of measures that help to preserve the functional capacity will improve the patients’ QoL.


Wounds and injuries; Quality of life; Daily activities; Stomatherapy

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