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Decubitus. 1992 Sep;5(5):22-4, 26, 30.

A research agenda for pressure ulcer prevention.


The Agency for Health Care Policy and Research (AHCPR) Guideline Panel on Pressure Ulcers completed a comprehensive review of the literature related to the prediction and prevention of pressure ulcers in adults. On the basis of this review, the panel formulated a guideline for care. Additionally, the analysis of published research revealed gaps in knowledge, research issues, and methodological problems that need attention in future studies. The following were identified as focus areas for the future: research with pressure ulcers status as the outcome rather than other intermediate outcomes; studies of product and intervention efficacy; further delineation of pressure ulcer staging; refinement of risk assessment tools; and testing of risk-based multi-intervention trials.

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