Prof. Georgina Gethin

Prof Georgina Gethin, PhD, RGN, MSc Clinical Research, PG Dip Wound Healing, FFNM RCSI, School of Nursing and Midwifery, University of Galway, Galway, Ireland
Georgina is Editor of the Journal of Wound Management, former scientific recorder and executive member of the European Wound Management Association and current Chairperson of European Taskforce for Palliative Wound Care as part of European Association for Palliative Care. She was appointed by the Minister for Health to the Podiatrist Registration Board of Ireland.

Her specialist areas of interest are in smart wound care technologies, epidemiology of wounds, core outcome sets, wound bed assessment incorporating wound pH and temperature and palliative wound care. She has over 100 scientific publications and book chapters.

She is currently PI on research projects with grant income of over €8m from Health Research Board of Ireland, Irish Research Council and Science Foundation Ireland.

In 2017, she Co-founded the Alliance for Research and Innovation in Wounds, a multi-disciplinary, multi-agency group dedicated to the advancement of wound care and improving patient outcomes.

Presentation at the Advances in wound care study day

Patient experience and current strategies for pain management in chronic wounds


Pain is consistently cited as one of the most distressing symptoms associated with wounds, both acute and chronic. Yet, research on interventions to manage such pain are severely lacking and makes us question whether we are conducting research that tackles issues of importance to patients or are we conducting research of interest to researchers and industry alike.

In this presentation I will discuss our  public patient involvement initiatives that have included patients in the prioritisation, design and conduct of research studies including that of pain management. I will also report on our research which has asked patients not only how they describe their pain but how they currently cope with it and manage it and finally I will present the results of a systematic review on topical interventions to manage wound pain and highlight gaps for research and practice