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Challenges of managing patients with chronic oedema and leg ulceration

Chronic oedema is a major clinical problem worldwide (Moffatt et al, 2019a). The condition has many important secondary consequences for health, activity and participation (Moffatt et al, 2017). Its prevalence also has a significant association with the presence of a wound (Moffatt et al, 2019b). There are many challenges to managing patients in this group, which can lead to ineffective and inappropriate care and have a significant impact on patient quality of life (Green and Meskell, 2016). This article discusses some of these challenges and the impact which they may have on patients and healthcare professionals caring for them.