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Johns Hopkins Evidence-based Practice Center awarded $475,000 project
Date:8/17/2011

An estimated $25 billion is spent annually on treating chronic wounds on patients in the United States. These chronic wounds deeply affect the quality of life of more than six million people who have them. The most common types of chronic skin wounds and skin ulcers are related to venous disease (conditions related to or caused by veins that become diseased or abnormal). Many treatment options are available, but the quality of evidence showing which treatments work better than others is often lacking. It is hard to prove which treatments are effective and should be the standards of care.

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) awarded the Johns Hopkins Evidence-based Practice Center a $475,000 project to carry out an extensive research review and create a scientific report to inform health care providers about effective state-of-the-art wound care. Through this project, the Johns Hopkins Wound Center and the Johns Hopkins Evidence-based Practice Center are conducting an evidence-based review of wound care to determine what is known and unknown about it, and to establish strategies of care that are proved to work.

Gerald Lazarus, M.D., founder of the Johns Hopkins Wound Center, and professor of dermatology and medicine at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, and Jonathan Zenilman, M.D., newly named director of the Wound Center and professor of medicine and chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases at Johns Hopkins Bayview, are co-principal investigators of this study. Working with Eric Bass, M.D., MPH, director of the Johns Hopkins Evidence-based Practice Center, a team of recognized experts are trying to find important clinical answers to help treat patients with chronic wounds.

"This research is a unique and important study that underscores the scientific credibility and intellectual honesty of the Wound Center," says Dr. Lazarus. "It's a great example of how translational research affects everyday lives. The inf
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Contact: Karen Tong
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Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions
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