Rintala found that patients with chronic pressure ulcers who adhered to skin care recommendations had a number of benefits that resulted in improved quality of life.
(1) prevention of new ulcers
(2) faster healing of ulcers
(3) fewer problems with cosmesis, less disfigurement
(4) fewer treatments at health care facilities
(1) pleasing health care provider
(2) pleasing family and friends
(3) pleasing God
(1) feeling better physically
(2) peace of mind with less guilt
(3) satisfaction for doing the right thing
(1) less disability with increased participation in social activities
(2) able to work more and be more productive
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Purpose: To identify benefits to the quality of a patient's life secondary to adherence with skin care practices as listed by Rintala.
Objective: response to therapy, compliance/adherence, quality of life