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ABSTRACT: Critical Care Physicians: Attitudes, Beliefs, and Knowledge about Pressure Ulcers.

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OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to determine critical care physicians’ attitudes, beliefs, and knowledge toward pressure ulcer (PrU) prevention and treatment in critical care patients.
DESIGN:  Descriptive, correlational
PARTICIPANTS:  56 critical care physicians
MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES:  Survey instrument developed to collect demographic information and information regarding attitudes and beliefs about PrUs and PrU knowledge.
RESULTS:  The majority of physicians (69%) reported poor to adequate basic medical education training on PrU prevention and treatment. Sixty percent reported never attending a PrU lecture. Most physicians reported their role to be important to very important in the areas of PrU prevention (71.4%) and treatment (67.9%). Physicians’ perceived knowledge regarding PrU prevention and treatment was most frequently reported as adequate (48%) and poor (37%). The mean score on the knowledge test was 18.1 (range, 12-24; SD, 2.26), equating to a percentage score of 75%. No significant relationship was found between physicians’ perceived PrU knowledge and actual knowledge score.
CONCLUSIONS:  Prevalence rates of acquired PrUs in critical care adult patients are cited as the highest among hospitalized patients; thus, critical care physicians encounter patients at risk for or with PrUs regularly in clinical practice. Management of a critically ill patient requires a cohesive, multidisciplinary approach, including prevention and/or management of PrUs. The critical care physician, as a vital member of this team, may benefit from PrU education in an effort to heighten awareness of this phenomenon in critical care patients.

via Critical Care Physicians: Attitudes, Bel… [Adv Skin Wound Care. 2013] – PubMed – NCBI.

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Brian S McGowan, PhD

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Brian is a research scientist and educational technologist. He helped transform Pfizer’s Medical Education Group and previously served in educational leadership roles at HealthAnswers, Inc.; Acumentis, LLC.; Cephalon; and Wyeth. He taught graduate medical education programs at Arcadia University for 10 years. Dr. McGowan recently authored the book "#socialQI: Simple Solutions for Improving Your Healthcare" and has been invited to speak internationally on the subject of information flow, technology, and learning in healthcare.

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