Exploring the impact of incontinence-associated dermatitis on wellbeing

Alicia Spacek, Ann Marie Dunk, Dominic Upton

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    Introduction: Incontinence-associated dermatitis (IAD) is caused by chemical and physical irritation from excrement in contact with skin. Though IAD is a risk factor for pressure injury development and can occur simultaneously, inconsistencies and gaps within the literature remain.

    Background: Psychosocial assessments are essential to holistic assessment of a person with a wound to ensure positive impacts are maximised and the negative influence on wound healing minimised. However, there has been little discussion on the psychosocial impacts of IAD on the patient, hence this literature review.

    Methods: A systematic literature search was undertaken using CINAHL, EMBASE, MEDLINE and PubMed databases to explore the link between wellbeing and IAD. A comprehensive search was employed and 12 articles were included in the review.

    Results: The IAD literature focused on treatments briefly inferring impact to the patient, whilst omitting psychosocial assessments and patient involvement. The few mentions of IAD impact on patient wellbeing were generalised from the
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)188-196
    Number of pages9
    JournalWound Practice and Research
    Issue number4
    Publication statusPublished - Dec 2018


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