Intervention studies to reduce the prevalence and incidence of pressure sores: a literature review
Article first published online: 24 DEC 2001
Journal of Clinical Nursing
Volume 9, Issue 2, pages 163–177, March 2000
How to Cite
Gould, D., James, T., Tarpey, A., Kelly, D., Pattison, D. and Fox, C. (2000), Intervention studies to reduce the prevalence and incidence of pressure sores: a literature review. Journal of Clinical Nursing, 9: 163–177. doi: 10.1046/j.1365-2702.2000.00337.x
- Issue published online: 24 DEC 2001
- Article first published online: 24 DEC 2001
- pressure area;
- pressure sore;
- pressure ulcer;
• Much has been written about the prevention of pressure sores. However, electronic and manual searches located only 10 studies within the literature in the UK that described interventions able to reduce either their incidence or prevalence.
• All the studies located contained serious methodological flaws. Apparent success in reducing the number or severity of pressure sores could have resulted because staff involved in data collection were aware that the study was being undertaken and thus took more interest in pressure area care.
• From the review findings it is apparent that there is a dearth of research evidence upon which to base practice in the sphere of pressure sore prevention and further research is urgently required.