Wound care quality of life in aging patients undergoing electrodessication and curettage on the back

Kara Pretzlaff, Lindsey West, Michael N. Nemeh, Divya Srivastava, Rajiv I. Nijhawan

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Patient satisfaction is an important consideration when determining the optimal treatment for non-melanoma skin cancer (NMSC). One critical aspect of patient satisfaction is post-procedural wound care quality of life (QOL), especially as the elderly population grows. This study aimed to evaluate post-procedural wound care QOL in elderly patients undergoing electrodessication and curettage (ED&C) for NMSC in difficult-to-reach areas, namely the posterior shoulder and back. To do so, patient demographics, functionality, co-morbidities, and post-procedural wound care QOL were assessed in twenty elderly patients (age > 65) who underwent ED&C for NMSC at a single academic dermatologic surgery clinic. Independent t-tests were used to evaluate how QOL related to patient age, gender, living situation, relationship status, co-morbidities, and functionality. Patients who lived alone had better-wound care QOL compared to patients who did not live alone (p = 0.04). Patients reported concerns about knocking the wound and did not feel they could care for the wound independently. Patients who were married, female, or had a lower comorbidity score reported poorer QOL, although this finding was not statistically significant. This study indicates that patients’ QOL can be negatively affected by post-procedural wounds located in difficult-to-reach areas. As dermatologists strive to improve patient satisfaction, wound care quality of life should be considered when choosing treatment for NMSC.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalArchives of Dermatological Research
StateAccepted/In press - 2021


  • Elderly
  • Quality of life
  • Skin cancer
  • Wound care

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Dermatology


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