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Physical Therapy

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Michael Ross, PT, DHSc, OCS


For patients with chronic wounds, quality of life is often adversely affected. Subsequently, physical therapist treatment plans are routinely geared toward interventions that will maximize outcome and improve patient quality of life. Several factors may influence a patient's quality of life and potentially influence treatment outcome, including age, medical comorbidities, cardiovascular risk status, wound chronicity, pain, and depression. However, few studies have determined what factors collectively influence quality of life and outcome. Additionally, scant evidence exists that has determined if physical therapist intervention can improve quality of life in patients seeking services for an integumentary disorder. Therefore, this presentation will assess changes in quality of life following physical therapist intervention in individuals seeking physical therapist services for an integumentary disorder, and determine what factors collectively influence changes in quality of life following physical therapist intervention.