The psychological wellbeing of patients following excision of a pilonidal sinus

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Journal of Wound Care, 2012, 21 (12), pp. 595 - 600
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Objective: To explore the effects of a pilonidal sinus wound on patients' psychological wellbeing. Method: An interpretive descriptive approach, using the model of living conceptual framework, guided data collection and analysis. The model of living was chosen to elicit information on how a pilonidal sinus wound affected activities of living. Participants were recruited from a database of a community nursing service, using purposive sampling, until data saturation was evident. Semi-structured interviews were used to collect the data. Data were examined for frequent patterns, which were organised into themes. results: Seven males and four females with ages ranging 17-39 years were selected through purposive sampling. Five participants reported that their wound affected their psychological wellbeing. Three themes and eight subthemes were identified from the data: adaption, perception and control. Depression and stress were associated with pain, physical inactivity, body weight changes and delayed wound healing. conclusion: A pilonidal sinus wound can affect the psychological wellbeing of patients through pain, physical inactivity, changed body weight and delayed wound healing. Pre-existing conditions could also be exacerbated by the wound. declaration of interest: The study was part of the requirement of a master of nursing, and a scholarship of $2000 was granted by regal Health Services to assist with the study. The authors have no conflicts of interest to declare.
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