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The Pressure UlceR Programme Of ReSEarch (PURPOSE), was a £2million, 5 year programme grant funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR).

The aim being to reduce the impact of pressure ulcers (PUs) on patients through:

  1. Early identification of patients at risk of PU and improved identification and investigation of patients at risk of progression to severe PUs
  2. The development of methods to capture patient-reported outcomes including health-related quality of life (HRQoL) and health utilities for routine clinical use and in clinical trials.

The programme consisted of 6 studies focused around 2 themes:

Theme 1: Risk Assessment

PURPOSE Pain Prevalence Study
Prevalence of localised pressure ulcer related pain
PURPOSE Pain Cohort Study
Exploring the role of pain as an early predictor of Category 2 pressure ulcers
PURPOSE Pressure Ulcer Pathways
PURPOSE Severe Pressure Ulcer Study

PURPOSE PURAF Pressure Ulcer Risk Assessment Framework

Theme 2: Quality of Life

Pressure Ulcer Quality of Life study: development and evaluation of a pressure ulcer patient-reported outcome measure.
Development of a pressure ulcer health utility measure.

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