Impact of exudate and odour from chronic venous leg ulceration

Jones, J. E., Robinson, J. , Barr, W. and Carlisle, C. (2008) Impact of exudate and odour from chronic venous leg ulceration. Nursing Standard, 22(45), pp. 53-61. (doi: 10.7748/ns2008. (PMID:18686695)

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Aims: To explore depression in people treated for chronic venous leg ulceration, and to assess the impact of excessive exudate, leading to leakage and odour, on their daily lives, overall health and quality of life. Methods: Completion of a questionnaire and Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale to determine the prevalence of anxiety and depression in people with chronic leg ulceration (n=196), and interviews with 20 people living with chronic leg ulceration. Findings: Odour and excessive exudate leading to leakage had an adverse effect on patients’ psychological state, leading to feelings of disgust, self-loathing and low self-esteem. Conclusion: Chronic leg ulcers disrupt patients’ lives and restrict their social lives, leading to social isolation and depression. Healthcare professionals should better understand the impact of symptoms such as odour and exudate leakage on patients’ mental health, physical health and healing.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Robinson, Professor Jude
Authors: Jones, J. E., Robinson, J., Barr, W., and Carlisle, C.
College/School:College of Social Sciences
Journal Name:Nursing Standard
Publisher:RCN Publishing
ISSN (Online):2047-9018

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