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Quality of life in patients with leg ulcers or skin lesions - a pilot study.

Szewczyk MT, Mościcka P, Jawień A, Cwajda-Białasik J, Cierzniakowska K, Ślusarz R, Hancke E - Postepy Dermatol Alergol (2015)

Bottom Line: Biziel Memorial University Hospital No. 2, in Bydgoszcz.Overall, the global Skinndex-29 scores of all studied participants ranged between 37 and 136 points, 23.93 points on average.Significant differences were observed in the global quality of life of patients who suffered from venous or arterial leg ulcers or skin lesions resulting from chronic venous insufficiency.

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Affiliation: Department of Surgery Nursing, Ludwik Rydygier Collegium Medicum in Bydgoszcz, Nicolaus Copernicus University in Torun, Poland. Head of the Department: Maria T. Szewczyk MD, PhD; Department of Vascular Surgery and Angiology, University Hospital No. 1, Ludwik Rydygier Collegium Medicum in Bydgoszcz, Nicolaus Copernicus University in Torun, Poland. Head of the Department: Prof. Arkadiusz Jawień MD, PhD.

ABSTRACT

Introduction: Attempts to determine the quality of life are advisable in patients with ulcers as the group affected with this problem is relatively large. According to one Polish randomized trial, approximately 0.3-2% of the adult population suffers from active or healed venous ulcers.

Aim: To compare the quality of life of patients with leg ulcers of venous and arterial etiology and those with lower limb skin lesions due to chronic venous insufficiency.

Material and methods: This study included 90 consecutive patients with ulcers of venous (n = 30) or arterial etiology (n = 30), or patients with trophic disorders of the skin associated with chronic venous insufficiency (n = 30) treated at the Venous Ulceration Outpatient Clinic and at the Department and Clinic of General Surgery, Dr. J. Biziel Memorial University Hospital No. 2, in Bydgoszcz. This study was designed as a questionnaire survey and included the Skindex-29 instrument for the assessment of quality of life in patients with dermatological conditions.

Results: Overall, the global Skinndex-29 scores of all studied participants ranged between 37 and 136 points, 23.93 points on average. The analyzed groups of patients differed significantly with respect to the average level of the global quality of life determined using the Skindex-29 questionnaire.

Conclusions: Significant differences were observed in the global quality of life of patients who suffered from venous or arterial leg ulcers or skin lesions resulting from chronic venous insufficiency.

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Figure 0001: Mean values of the quality of life scores related to psychosocial, emotional, and physical spheres

Mentions: Detailed analysis of the Skindex-29 subscales revealed that the analyzed groups did not differ significantly in terms of mean levels of the quality of life regarding emotional sphere and psychosocial functioning. In contrast, participants from various groups differed significantly in terms of the average quality of life related to physical symptoms. The average level of this dimension was the highest in patients with retained continuity of the skin, as suggested by the lowest value of the Skindex-29 scale, 17.43 points on average. The remaining two groups of patients, individuals with ulcers of venous (mean: 23.83%) and arterial etiology (mean: 24.03%), represented low levels of the quality of life (24.03 points on average; r = 0.53740, p < 0.05; Figure 1).


Quality of life in patients with leg ulcers or skin lesions - a pilot study.

Szewczyk MT, Mościcka P, Jawień A, Cwajda-Białasik J, Cierzniakowska K, Ślusarz R, Hancke E - Postepy Dermatol Alergol (2015)

Mean values of the quality of life scores related to psychosocial, emotional, and physical spheres
© Copyright Policy - open-access
Related In: Results  -  Collection

License
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getmorefigures.php?uid=PMC4697015&req=5

Figure 0001: Mean values of the quality of life scores related to psychosocial, emotional, and physical spheres
Mentions: Detailed analysis of the Skindex-29 subscales revealed that the analyzed groups did not differ significantly in terms of mean levels of the quality of life regarding emotional sphere and psychosocial functioning. In contrast, participants from various groups differed significantly in terms of the average quality of life related to physical symptoms. The average level of this dimension was the highest in patients with retained continuity of the skin, as suggested by the lowest value of the Skindex-29 scale, 17.43 points on average. The remaining two groups of patients, individuals with ulcers of venous (mean: 23.83%) and arterial etiology (mean: 24.03%), represented low levels of the quality of life (24.03 points on average; r = 0.53740, p < 0.05; Figure 1).

Bottom Line: Biziel Memorial University Hospital No. 2, in Bydgoszcz.Overall, the global Skinndex-29 scores of all studied participants ranged between 37 and 136 points, 23.93 points on average.Significant differences were observed in the global quality of life of patients who suffered from venous or arterial leg ulcers or skin lesions resulting from chronic venous insufficiency.

View Article: PubMed Central - PubMed

Affiliation: Department of Surgery Nursing, Ludwik Rydygier Collegium Medicum in Bydgoszcz, Nicolaus Copernicus University in Torun, Poland. Head of the Department: Maria T. Szewczyk MD, PhD; Department of Vascular Surgery and Angiology, University Hospital No. 1, Ludwik Rydygier Collegium Medicum in Bydgoszcz, Nicolaus Copernicus University in Torun, Poland. Head of the Department: Prof. Arkadiusz Jawień MD, PhD.

ABSTRACT

Introduction: Attempts to determine the quality of life are advisable in patients with ulcers as the group affected with this problem is relatively large. According to one Polish randomized trial, approximately 0.3-2% of the adult population suffers from active or healed venous ulcers.

Aim: To compare the quality of life of patients with leg ulcers of venous and arterial etiology and those with lower limb skin lesions due to chronic venous insufficiency.

Material and methods: This study included 90 consecutive patients with ulcers of venous (n = 30) or arterial etiology (n = 30), or patients with trophic disorders of the skin associated with chronic venous insufficiency (n = 30) treated at the Venous Ulceration Outpatient Clinic and at the Department and Clinic of General Surgery, Dr. J. Biziel Memorial University Hospital No. 2, in Bydgoszcz. This study was designed as a questionnaire survey and included the Skindex-29 instrument for the assessment of quality of life in patients with dermatological conditions.

Results: Overall, the global Skinndex-29 scores of all studied participants ranged between 37 and 136 points, 23.93 points on average. The analyzed groups of patients differed significantly with respect to the average level of the global quality of life determined using the Skindex-29 questionnaire.

Conclusions: Significant differences were observed in the global quality of life of patients who suffered from venous or arterial leg ulcers or skin lesions resulting from chronic venous insufficiency.

No MeSH data available.


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