The Process and Politics of the DSM-5


In this course, you will explore key roles played by growth factors, proteases and extracellular matrix molecules in the regulation of normal wound healing and what these molecules contribute to wound chronicity. 

To complete this course, you will print a handout, watch a video, complete an evaluation and submit a short essay test.

Target Audience

This online course is designed as a pharmacology update for nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists, nurses and healthcare professionals in all settings


Objectives for Learning Outcomes

  • Discuss wound healing as a spectrum of outcomes: normal scars, fibrotic scars or chronic wounds.
  • Describe sequential phases of normal wound healing and recognize the beneficial effects of controlled iflammation and protease activities.
  • Discuss the detrimental effects on healing of chronic inflammation caused by planktonic and biofilm bacteria, which leads to elevated MMP activity in wounds that destroy proteins essential to healing (ECM, GFs, receptors).
  • Identify the new point-of-care diagnostics for MMPS and new anti-scarring therapies under development

Additional Information

  • Growth factors
  • Proteases
  • Extracellular matrix molecules
  • Wound healing chronicity
  • Point-of-care diagnostics for MMPS
  • Anti-scarring therapies
Course summary
Maximum credit available: 
  • 1.70 Contact hours

Gregory Schultz, PhD
Institute for Women's Health, University of Florida, Gainesville

Available Credit

  • 1.70 Contact hours


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