Individual Study / Edwards_BMC Health Serv Res_2013

Health service pathways for patients with chronic leg ulcers: identifying effective pathways for facilitation of evidence based wound care

Health service pathways for patients with chronic leg ulcers: identifying effective pathways for facilitation of evidence based wound care

Initiatives -
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. *

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Investigators Contacts
  • Dr. Prof. Kathleen Finlayson
    Institute of Health Biomedical Innovation (IHBI)

Design

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).

Marker Paper

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

PUBMED 23510505

Recruitment

Sources of Recruitment
  • Individuals

Number of participants

Number of participants
70
Number of participants with biosamples

Access

Availability of data and biosamples

Data
Biosamples
Other