The landscape of wound management has evolved dramatically over the last 2 decades, with a growing emphasis on evidence-informed practice in parallel with advances in research and knowledge generation. The meaning of “woundology” has been refurbished and used to advocate the need to recognize wound care as a discipline or specialty based on the burgeoning body of knowledge that underpins the practice of wound care.
Advances in Skin & Wound Care has played an important role in its 25 years of publishing, disseminating new knowledge to clinicians and bringing more attention to the importance of wound care. In the first year of publishing in 1988, there were only 6 studies published in the journal, including only 1 interventional study (16%), 2 observational studies (33%), 2 retrospective studies (33%), and 1 laboratory study (16%). Of course, the focus of the publications at that time was solely on pressure ulcer care. Fast forward to 2011 and you’ll find 20 articles in the journal that pertained to original investigations; a remarkable increase by more than 200%. Specifically, there were 8 interventional studies (40%), including 1 randomized controlled trial and 4 observational studies (20%); 6 retrospective studies (30%); and 2 laboratory studies (10%).
The variety of research designs was necessary to address a diversity of clinical questions: treatment for wound infection and osteomyelitis, feasibility of using photography to communicate and evaluate changes in wound status, educational approach to improve wound care practice, and management of complex wounds with state-of-the-art wound care technologies.
Although we celebrate our successes in advancing wound care science in our 25 volumes of journals, there is plenty of room for improvement in order to establish:
• interprofessional teams
• international collaborations
• strategic plans and evidence to influence health policies
• training programs for wound care scientists.
Give us your opinion on how we can further contribute to the evidence-based literature on wound care.