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Quality of life psychosocial characteristics in Greek patients with leg ulcers: a case control study

Kouris, Anargyros, Armyra, Kalliopi, Christodoulou, Christos, Sgontzou, Themis, Karypidis, Dimitrio, Kontochristopoulos, George, Liordou, Fotini, Zakopoulou, Nikoletta and Zouridaki, Eftychia 2016. Quality of life psychosocial characteristics in Greek patients with leg ulcers: a case control study. International Wound Journal 13 (5) , p. 744. 10.1111/iwj.12363

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Abstract

Chronic leg ulcers are a public health problem that can have a significant impact on the patient's physical, socioeconomic and psychological status. The aim of this study is to evaluate the quality of life, anxiety and depression, self‐esteem and loneliness in patients suffering from leg ulcers. A total of 102 patients were enrolled in the study. The quality of life, anxiety and depression, self‐esteem and loneliness of the patient were assessed using the Dermatology Life Quality Index (DLQI), Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale (HADS), Rosenberg's Self‐esteem Scale (RSES) and the UCLA Loneliness Scale (UCLA‐Version 3), respectively. The mean DLQI score was 13·38 ± 2·59, suggesting a serious effect on the quality of life of patients. Those with leg ulcers had statistically significant higher scores according to the HADS‐total scale (P = 0·031) and HADS‐anxiety subscale (P = 0·015) compared with healthy volunteers. Moreover, a statistically significant difference was found between the two groups concerning the UCLA‐scale (P = 0·029). Female patients presented with a higher score of anxiety (P = 0·027) and social isolation (P = 0·048), and worse quality of life (P = 0·018) than male patients. A severe quality of life impairment was documented, reflecting a significant psychosocial impact on patients with leg ulcers.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Medicine
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
ISSN: 1742-4801
Date of Acceptance: 6 August 2016
Last Modified: 19 Jun 2019 13:38
URI: http://orca-mwe.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/111099

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