OK, the time isn’t really important, but I need to know how to teach someone what some studies mean, while that someone is not highly educated in math and/or science, she’s in pain (and on painkillers which make her a little fuzzy minded) and highly emotional.
I’ve got a patient getting home health care who has a very severe (stage IV) pressure ulcer. We (her health care team) strongly believe that it’s time to start negative pressure therapy (“a wound vac”) but she doesn’t want it. I’ve found a couple of studies showing decreased hospitalization rates, decreased healing times, etc with the treatment we’re recommending vs. the treatment she’s getting now, but I’m not sure how to explain them to her and be both simple and accurate.
Schwien T, Gilbert J, Lang C. Pressure ulcer prevalence and the role of negative pressure wound therapy in home health quality outcomes.
Ostomy Wound Management. 2005 Sep;51(9):47-60.:
Any suggestions? I don’t want to bully her into saying yes, but I want to be certain she knows what she’s saying no to.