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.

Project aims

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:

  1. identify current management and referral pathways for community clients with chronic leg ulcers
  2. identify current levels of implementation of evidence based guidelines
  3. identify wound healing and recurrence rates according to differing pathways of care
  4. 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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For more information contact Professor Helen Edwards.