Impact of Painful Wound Care in Epidermolysis Bullosa During Childhood: An Interview Study with Adult Patients and Parents

Mauritz, P. J., Jonkman, M. F., Visser, S. S., Finkenauer, C., Duipmans, J. C. & Hagedoorn, M., Jul-2019, In : Acta Dermato-Venereologica . 99, 9, p. 783-788 6 p.

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Epidermolysis bullosa (EB) is a group of rare inherited bullous skin disorders that differ in nature and severity. Currently, there is no cure for the disease. One of the complex problems of EB is the repetitive and painful care of skin wounds. The purpose of this study was to explore how adult patients and parents experienced the impact of wound care during childhood and which coping strategies they considered as helping. A qualitative study was performed, comprising semi-structured in-depth interviews with 7 adult patients and 6 parents. The impact, physically, psychologically and on daily life, was apparent for patients and parents. Helpful coping strategies were transferring care, regulating emotions, and dyadic strategies, such as supporting each other by distraction, encouragement, using rituals and collaboration. The most important finding of this study is the need for a more thorough investigation into the effectiveness of dyadic coping strategies.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)783-788
Number of pages6
JournalActa Dermato-Venereologica
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - Jul-2019

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