Online Course
Factors Affecting Wound Healing
Learn about the instrinsic, extrinsic and iatrogenic risk factors that affect wound healing

1.5-2 hours





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Dana Palmer
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Dr. Dana Palmer specialises in the integumentary system, wound healing, and amputation prevention

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Practising wound care can be complicated. There are many factors to consider when assessing and treating a wound. Some of these factors are within the control of the rehabilitation professional, while others are not. There are three classifications of factors which can affect wound healing: (1) intrinsic, (2) extrinsic, and (3) iatrogenic. By gaining an understanding of these key factors, the rehabilitation professional can adjust the plan of care to obtain the best possible healing outcome. This course, the fourth of seven in the Physiotherapy Wound Care Programme, will discuss these three factors. This course is for those that are currently practising wound care and also for those that do not treat wounds directly, but work in other capacities with patients that have wounds.


This course aims to familiarise the learner with the three factors which can affect wound healing.


This course is made up of videos, reading, forum posts and a final quiz. The course content is split into the following sections:

  1. Video
  2. Reading activity
  3. Quiz

Target audience

This course is aimed at Physiotherapy and Physical Therapy clinicians, students and assistants. Other interested professionals such as athletic trainers, occupational therapists, nurses or medical doctors interested in this subject are also invited to participate.


Availability - this course is online and can be completed on your own schedule.

Hours of Learning - No deadlines are applied to this course and it can be started and completed in your own time according to your personal schedule. We expect the required elements to take around 1.5-2 hours depending on your schedule and learning style. Additionally there are many optional resources provided and if you choose to review these the course could take longer to complete.

Types of Activities - Watching videos, reading, a final quiz and participating in an international discussion forum.

Certificates - At the end of the course, when you have completed all of the required elements, you will be able to download a certificate of completion and 1.6 Plus points will be added to your personalised learning dashboard.

Requirements to complete this course

In order to complete this course and receive a course completion certificate plus CEUs/CCUs/CPD points you will need to:

  1. Respect the Plus Community Culture.
  2. Log all the required learning activities as complete (represented by the orange icons!).
  3. Actively and appropriately participate in the course discussions.
  4. Pass a final quiz with a score of 80% or more.
  5. Complete a course evaluation form.

Learning outcomes

At the end of this course you will be able to:

  • describe intrinsic factors that can affect wound healing
  • describe extrinsic factors that can affect wound healing
  • describe iatrogenic factors that can affect wound healing
  • discuss five key factors that can optimise wound healing

Instructor financial and non-financial disclosures

No relevant relationships disclosed by instructor.


For special needs or accommodations please contact us with details of how we can meet your needs.

Featured reviews
I wish I had done this course 20 years ago! It is scary how little we in physiotherapy know about wound care. Today, as I care for a chronic wound in my 92-year-old father, I greatly appreciate the thorough, up-to-date content presented. The course is clear and highly relevant to everyone in the clinical setting and your personal life!
Annemarie Frank
I learned a lot of valuable things from this course, and I would like to express my sincere thanks for the efforts of the presenters of this course!
Mohammad Shir Afzali