Perspectives on wound care in nursing homes: an agenda for knowledge translation in the South African context



continuous education, evidence-based practice, interprofessional collaboration, knowledge translation, nursing homes, wound care


Background: The high risk of wounds among older people necessitates an evidence-based approach to wound care in nursing homes. This study explores the perspectives of nurse managers on the need to improve wound care in South African nursing homes to inform knowledge translation endeavours.

Methods: Utilising an exploratory, descriptive, qualitative design, 14 nurse managers from diverse nursing homes in the Tshwane District, Gauteng, were interviewed via telephone. The collected data were then thematically analysed.

Findings: Findings reveal improvement needs at the level of the resident and their family, the staff, and the organisation. Key issues include the need for enhanced psychological, emotional, and financial support for residents, capacity building to improve care staff’s knowledge, attitudes, and wound care practices, and organisational support for accessing advanced wound care products and multiple health professionals.

Conclusion: The study emphasises the complexity of wound care in nursing homes and the imperative for a person-centred, integrated, and interprofessional approach to address these challenges on multiple levels. Insights into context-specific problems can inform the development of interventions and strategies, hence, an agenda for knowledge translation. Continuous learning, collaboration, and organisational support are essential to establish evidence-based wound care practices in nursing homes.

Author Biography

GC Boersema, University of South Africa

University of South Africa, South Africa






Original Research