Critical care physicians: Attitudes, beliefs, and knowledge about pressure ulcers

Jill Cox, Sharon Roche, Nisha Gandhi

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OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to determine critical care physicians' attitudes, beliefs, and knowledge toward pressure ulcer (PrU) prevention and treatment in critical care patients. DESIGN: Descriptive, correlational PARTICIPANTS: 56 critical care physicians MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: Survey instrument developed to collect demographic information and information regarding attitudes and beliefs about PrUs and PrU knowledge. RESULTS: The majority of physicians (69%) reported poor to adequate basic medical education training on PrU prevention and treatment. Sixty percent reported never attending a PrU lecture. Most physicians reported their role to be important to very important in the areas of PrU prevention (71.4%) and treatment (67.9%). Physicians' perceived knowledge regarding PrU prevention and treatment was most frequently reported as adequate (48%) and poor (37%). The mean score on the knowledge test was 18.1 (range, 12-24; SD, 2.26), equating to a percentage score of 75%. No significant relationship was found between physicians' perceived PrU knowledge and actual knowledge score. NCLUSIONS: Prevalence rates of acquired PrUs in critical care adult patients are cited as the highest among hospitalized patients; thus, critical care physicians encounter patients at risk for or with PrUs regularly in clinical practice. Management of a critically ill patient requires a cohesive, multidisciplinary approach, including prevention and/or management of PrUs. The critical care physician, as a vital member of this team, may benefit from PrU education in an effort to heighten awareness of this phenomenon in critical care patients.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)168-176
Number of pages9
JournalAdvances in Skin and Wound Care
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 2013

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Dermatology
  • Advanced and Specialized Nursing


  • Critical care physicians
  • Pressure ulcer knowledge
  • Pressure ulcers


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