How venous leg ulcers affect quality of life
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How venous leg ulcers affect quality of life

Amy Isaac Community nurse practitioner, East Grinstead Health Clinic in East Grinstead, West Sussex
Christine Watson Course leader for the Advanced Practice MSc, University of Brighton

Amy Isaac and Christine Watson explore the psychological and social implications of caring for patients with venous leg ulceration

The aim of this article is to explore the evidence surrounding the effect of venous leg ulceration (VLU) on patients’ quality of life. There is a large amount of evidence about the treatment of VLU in terms of pathophysiology, healing and symptom control. This has been formulated into clear protocols for community nurses to guide wound management. However, guidance for practice in terms of the wider psychological and social implications of supporting patients living with VLU is limited. This article aims to evaluate the literature on the quality of life of patients with VLU and suggests improvements that will make practice more holistic.

Primary Health Care. 26, 3, 18-23. doi: 10.7748/phc.26.3.18.s30


Peer review

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

Conflict of interest

None declared

Received: 12 September 2015

Accepted: 14 December 2015

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