Health service pathways for patients with chronic leg ulcers: identifying effective pathways for facilitation of evidence based wound care
Chronic leg ulcers cause long term ill-health for older adults and the condition places a significant burden on health service resources. Although evidence on effective management of the condition is available, a significant evidence-practice gap is known to exist, with many suggested reasons e.g. multiple care providers, costs of care and treatments. This study aimed to identify effective health service pathways of care which facilitated evidence-based management of chronic leg ulcers. *Note: All published information has been collected from the article referenced in the Marker Paper box below. Therefore, there may be variations with more advanced versions of the study. *
- Study design
- Patients' cohort
- Follow Up
- Prospective data were collected on health service pathways, pain, functional ability, quality of life, treatments, wound healing and recurrence outcomes for 24 weeks from admission. Following admission to specialist wound clinics, participants accessed care on average once per week for 12 weeks from a smaller range of providers. The median ulcer duration on admission to the study was 22 weeks (range 2-728 weeks).
Edwards H, Finlayson K, Courtney M, et al. Health service pathways for patients with chronic leg ulcers: identifying effective pathways for facilitation of evidence based wound care. BMC Health Serv Res. 2013; 13(86). doi:10.1186/1472-6963-13-86
- Sources of Recruitment
Number of participants
- Number of participants
- Number of participants with biosamples
Availability of data and biosamples
No coverage data about the variables classifications are available.