Consensus opinion on compression therapy and venous ulcers
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Consensus opinion on compression therapy and venous ulcers

Lynn Welsh Lecturer, School of Health, Nursing and Midwifery, University of the West of Scotland, Paisley

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Venous leg ulcers cause significant problems for patients and can have a serious effect on quality of life. The cost of treatment in the UK is huge and recurrence is common. This article examines the evidence for compression therapy in treating venous leg ulcers and the different types of compression used in practice. It also considers some of the challenges in achieving international consensus on compression, and highlights clinician skill as a variable that future studies into the effectiveness of compression therapy must address.

Primary Health Care. 26, 4,26-32. doi: 10.7748/phc.26.4.26.s28

Correspondence

lynn.welsh@uws.ac.uk

Peer review

This article has been subject to double-blind review and has been checked using antiplagiarism software

Conflict of interest

None declared

Received: 12 October 2015

Accepted: 20 November 2015