Case Managers, Population Health, and Wound Recovery

Concurrent Session

Date: Tuesday, October 15, 2024
Time: 2:45 PM to 3:45 PM


The social determinants of health play a significant role in wound care and overall health outcomes. They include socioeconomic status, education, neighborhood and physical environment, employment, and social support networks, as well as access to health care. Population health considers demographic factors like age, gender, and ethnicity, all of which can influence wound healing rates. Socioeconomic factors such as income, education, and occupation can affect access to quality wound care, adherence to treatment plans, and, ultimately, health outcomes. The health of a population can also be influenced by geographical location, affecting access to healthcare services, exposure to environmental hazards, and lifestyle factors that can impact wound healing.

Health behaviors like smoking, diet, and physical activity can also influence wound healing. Availability and accessibility of community resources, such as wound care clinics, home health services, and support groups, can significantly impact wound care outcomes.

Incorporating a population health perspective in wound care means addressing these broader determinants to improve wound healing outcomes. It involves not only treating the wound itself but also considering the client's overall health and the other factors that can impact wound healing.

Learning Outcomes

  • Understand how social determinants of health impact wound care and healing

  • Apply a population health perspective to address social deteminants for improved wound healing

  • Recognize the impact of community resource availability on wound care outcomes