The impact of stress on acute wound healing

Br J Community Nurs. 2016 Dec;21(Sup12):S16-S22. doi: 10.12968/bjcn.2016.21.Sup12.S16.


Within the literature there is an accumulating body of evidence to suggest that psychological stress may have a negative impact on wound healing. This article examines the psychoneuroimmulogy theory associated with stress and acute wound healing with reference to caring for patients with surgical wounds. The evidence reviewed in this article highlights the value of understanding individual patient need for reducing stress pre and post operatively to benefit the healing process.

Keywords: psycho-neuroimmulogy theory; stress; surgical wounds; wound healing.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Humans
  • Stress, Psychological / physiopathology*
  • Wound Healing / physiology*