Writing and wound healing

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Background: Previous research has found that writing can have a positive effect on health and can help improve wound healing.

Aim: The aim of the study is to investigate the effects of writing on healing after a 4mm punch biopsy wound and whether writing before or after the biopsy makes a difference to healing.

If you chose to participate in this study you will be required to complete 3 questionnaires at various time points about you stress, fatigue levels and mood. You will also be asked to come in for three appointments; during the first appointment a 4mm punch biopsy will be taken from your arm (pain free) and a dressing will be applied. During the second appointment ten days later the dressing will be removed so the wound can be photographed to assess rate of healing. The last appointment will take place 2 weeks after the first biopsy. During the last appointment a biopsy of the partially healed biopsy will be taken so the the skin can be analyzed for markers of healing.

You will also be asked to complete a writing task where you write about how you spend your time or an emotional event. You will write about the topic for 20 minutes a day over 3 days

At the completion of the study you will receive a $40 Westfield voucher


This study is open to and in aged 18 to 55
Healthy volunteers included
Current non smoker Able to read and write in English No current inflammatory skin diseases, chronic illness or immunological-related health problems No allergies to local anaesthetic