Letter to the Editor
Our recent publication titled ‘Clinical performance and quality of life impact of an absorbent bacteria-binding foam dressing’ recognised the importance of the psychosocial effects of living with a wound (Seckam et al, 2021). These impairments can affect various areas of life, leading, for example to pain, social isolation and psychological consequences (Topp et al, 2021; Guo and DiPietro, 2010), thus affecting patients' wellbeing and quality of life (QoL).
It is therefore important to consider patient QoL in wound management. Interpretation of QoL scores are important, placing the patient at the centre of their treatment regimen. Subsequently, this allows them to reflect on their treatment regimen and consider future implications (Topp et al, 2021).
As noted in the article (Seckam et al, 2021), data on wound-related QoL were collected before and at the end of treatment with Cutimed® Siltec® Sorbact® via the validated Wound-QoL questionnaire developed by Blome et al (2014) and Augustin et al (2017). It was concluded that the improvement of the Wound-QoL scores from before to after the study suggested a positive impact of being treated with the study product. After our study had been published, a paper by Topp et al (2021) provided estimates of the minimal important difference (MID), defined as a change in QoL that a patient would consider meaningful, such that the patient would judge a treatment to be beneficial and worthy of repeating. This now allows us to interpret the QoL scores found in our study in light of the MID (Table 1).
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