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

ormation we gather and present will help countless clinicians and patients to make better, more educated decisions about the best course of treatment to heal wounds."

This type of study, known as comparative effectiveness research, is done to inform health care decision makers by providing evidence on the effectiveness, benefits and risks of various treatment options. Johns Hopkins researchers will compile and analyze all of the evidence available from existing clinical trials, clinical studies, literature and research about chronic wound care. This research will determine the value of therapeutic interventions--such as medications, antibiotics, dressings and surgery--for healing chronic wounds.

A report will show health care providers, patients and others which treatments work best under certain conditions. The report will be designed as an important tool to understand the facts about different wound treatments. Its goal is to provide the best possible information about wound treatment choices that is easily usable so that health care providers can work with patients to make informed decisions about the right treatment plan for each wound.

Chronic wounds are a worldwide problem. Their prevalence and cost are increasing because of the aging population and more cases of obesity and diabetes worldwide. Chronic wounds often are associated with underlying conditions, such as diabetes, clogging of the arteries, diseases of the veins, neurological problems, consequences of rheumatological illnesses, inflammation of vessels and other medical difficulties. Wounds that will not heal are frequently signs of larger and more complicated health problems. Nonhealing wounds can take a toll on patients far beyond the pain and discomfort of the wound. They can cause patients to lose their mobility, which may lead to a decline in general health and emotional well being. Patients can become disabled, unable to work and depend on care from others.

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Contact: Karen Tong
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410-550-0128
Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions
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