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This review aimed to analyse the concept of cost-effectiveness within the context of chronic wound care using Walker and Avant’s approach. The Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature® (EBSCO Information Services, Ipswich, Massachusetts, USA), MEDLINE® (National Library of Medicine, Bethesda, Maryland, USA) and Nursing & Allied Health® (ProQuest LLC, Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA) databases were searched using a combination of keywords. A total of 18 peer-reviewed articles were identified. In wound care, defining attributes for the concept of cost-effectiveness encompassed treatments which were both effective and economical. Four antecedents were identified, including the type of wound, care setting, type of dressing and patient-related characteristics. The consequences of cost-effective wound care were patient prognosis, quality of life, the economic burden on the patient and healthcare system and cost-savings. These findings will hopefully help to standardise cost-effectiveness terminology among nursing professionals in various healthcare settings.

Keywords: Cost Effectiveness; Wounds and Injuries; Healthcare Costs; Nursing; Concept Formation.

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Al-Gharibi, K. A., Sharstha, S., & Al-Faras, M. A. (2019). Cost-Effectiveness of Wound Care: A concept analysis. Sultan Qaboos University Medical Journal [SQUMJ], 18(4), e433–439. https://doi.org/10.18295/squmj.2018.18.04.002