Project status: Completed
Chronic leg ulcers result in loss of functional ability and long term ill-health for 1-3% of those aged over 60 years. Although evidence on effective management of the condition is available, a significant evidence-practice gap exists due to problems with multiple care providers, access to specialist wound care expertise, costs and/or distance.
This project aims to determine the effectiveness of alternative pathways of care on implementation of evidence-based practice leading to healing and prevention of chronic leg ulcers. Our objectives are to:
- identify current management and referral pathways for community clients with chronic leg ulcers
- identify current levels of implementation of evidence based guidelines
- identify wound healing and recurrence rates according to differing pathways of care
- evaluate the effectiveness of evidence based practice, wound healing rates and prevention of chronic leg ulcers.
Efficient use of health resources and improved health as a result of effective chronic wound management (early healing and prevention) are the most significant potential outcomes from this study.
- Australian Research Council, Linkage Projects Grant
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- Lead unit Faculty of Health Other units
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- For more information contact Professor Helen Edwards.