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Journal of Community Nursing (JCN) | December 2014

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Community nurses’ experiences of treating patients with leg ulcers

Community nurses’ experiences of treating patients with leg ulcers
Wound Management

Pages: 27 - 34

Article topics: Community nurses’ experience, Leg ulcers, Wound Care

Community nurses offer holistic nursing care to patients at home, including attending to people with leg ulcers. It is known that leg ulcers can have a significant impact on patients’ quality of life. Nonetheless, little is known about community nurses’ views and experiences of providing holistic leg ulcer care and, in particular, their insights into the impact of leg ulcers on patients’ quality of life. Using a focus group of five healthcare support workers and four individual interviews with two associate nurses and two district nurses, this study explored community nurses’ experience of attending to patients with leg ulcers. Following transcription of the data, a thematic analysis was undertaken. It was concluded that community nurses need more training to support their work in leg ulcer management and more time to deliver patient-centred care.