Nurses are in an ideal position to improve the quality of life for patients with venous leg ulcers, according to a review of quality of life questionnaires.
The review set out to assess the impact of venous leg ulcers on quality of life, but found that current techniques did not provide enough information to distinguish between those with different ulceration. This meant that it was problematic to detect changes in quality of life related to ulcer healing.
The researchers saw an “opportunity” for nurses to develop better instruments for measuring quality of life and evaluating the impact of ulceration on patient outcomes. This would allow nursing interventions to be assessed more effectively and develop better treatments.
- A systematic review of health-related quality of life instruments used for people with venous ulcers: an assessment of their suitability and psychometric properties