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Barbara Zeiger, Editor, OWM

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January 2018 ISSN 1943-2720 | Volume 64 - Issue 1

Attitude Isn’t the Only Thing, It’s Everything: Humanistic Care of the Bariatric Patient Using Donabedian’s Perspective on Quality of Care


Comprehensive care of bariatric patients is challenging. Although structural knowledge exists about safe care given correct equipment and supplies, care processes also must be humane. The literature suggests morbidly obese patients may fear the health system because of past negative experiences. The purpose of this literature review was to examine quality issues in the care of bariatric patients in light of Donabedian’s structure-process-outcomes model, emphasizing process components....

A Qualitative Study to Explore the Impact of Simulating Extreme Obesity on Health Care Professionals’ Attitudes and Perceptions


Extremely obese patients pose significant challenges for those who strive to provide care. The prevalence and consequences of weight bias and stigma in health care have been well documented, but research on how to reduce weight bias and stigma is limited. To assess the impact of simulating obesity on the attitudes and perceptions of health professionals toward extreme obesity, a qualitative study involving 6 registered nurses and 1 registered physiotherapist was conducted between November 2015 and May 2016....

A Retrospective, Cost-minimization Analysis of Disposable and Traditional Negative Pressure Wound Therapy Medicare Paid Claims


Traditional negative pressure wound therapy (NPWT) systems are considered durable. The pump is designed for use by numerous patients over a period of several years. Recently developed smaller, disposable devices are designed for single-patient use. A retrospective analysis of 2012–2014 national Medicare claims data was used to examine payments associated with the use of traditional and disposable NPWT systems....

Bariatric Care and Obesity: A Compendium of 20 Years of Articles From Ostomy Wound Management

As far back as 1994, Ostomy Wound Management realized there was a crisis at hand. Obesity (body mass index [BMI] >30) and morbid obesity (BMI >40) were becoming increasingly prevalent, impacting all aspects of patient care and provider safety and underscoring the importance of understanding the implications of proper management of the bariatric patient. OWM has published at least 25 articles over the past 2 decades to enhance knowledge of this unique group of patients whose clinical, physical, and emotional needs sometimes remain unmet despite the fact that obesity is now recognized as a disease....

Guest Editorial: Understanding the Patient Experience, Patient Satisfaction, and the Obese Person with a Wound

Health care organizations across the globe are seeking ways to improve the patient experience. This is particularly important in the United States because reimbursement is tied to this initiative....

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Can We Talk?: Censoring Science

According to a participant in the 90-minute briefing,1 policy analysts at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, Georgia were told of a list of forbidden words ...