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Measuring costs and quality of life for venous leg ulcers

Measuring costs and quality of life for venous leg ulcers

Barnsbee, Louise, Cheng, Qinglu, Tulleners, Ruth, Lee, Xing, Brain, David and Pacella, Rosana ORCID: 0000-0002-9742-1957 (2018) Measuring costs and quality of life for venous leg ulcers. International Wound Journal, 16 (1). pp. 112-121. ISSN 1742-4801 (Print), 1742-481X (Online) (doi:https://doi.org/10.1111/iwj.13000)

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Abstract

Venous leg ulcers (VLUs) result in substantial economic costs and reduced quality of life (QoL); however, there are few Australian cost estimates, especially using patient‐level data. We measured community‐setting VLU management costs and the impact on the QoL of affected individuals. VLU patients were recruited from a specialist wound clinic, an outpatient clinic, and two community care clinics in Queensland. Cost data were collected at the baseline visit. QoL (EQ‐5D‐5L) and wound status data were collected at baseline, 1, 3, and 6 months. Patients were classified into guideline‐based/optimal care and usual care groups. Average weekly costs per patient were statistically significantly different between the usual care and optimal care groups—$214.61 and $294.72, respectively (P = 0.04). Baseline average QoL score for an unhealed ulcer was significantly higher in the optimal care group compared with usual care (P = 0.025). Time to healing differed between the usual care group and the optimal care group (P = 0.04), with averages of 3.9 and 2.7 months, respectively. These findings increase the understanding of the costs, QoL, and healing outcomes of VLU care. Higher optimal care costs may be offset by faster time to healing. This study provides data to inform an economic evaluation of guideline‐based care for VLUs.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: compression therapy, cost, quality of life, venous leg ulcer
Subjects: R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
R Medicine > RL Dermatology
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Education & Health
Last Modified: 08 Oct 2019 15:37
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
Selected for GREAT 2019: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/25448

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