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Reducing variation in venous leg ulcer management: a focus on compression

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Reducing variation in venous leg ulcer management: a focus on compression

Caroline Dowsett
4 November 2022

There were an estimated 3.8 million patients with a wound managed by the NHS in 2017/2018 at a cost of £8.3 billion (Guest et al, 2017). The cost to the patient and their quality of life is immense. Evidence has shown that there are wide variations in the care of people with chronic wounds, with many patients not receiving the correct assessment or a diagnosis on which to base decisions about their care (Guest et al, 2015; Gray et al, 2018). Delivering efficient and effective care to patients with a venous leg ulcer (VLU) requires collaborative working across specialist and community settings to tackle inequalities in care, improve outcomes, enhance productivity, and provide value for money.

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