Academic journal article Research and Theory for Nursing Practice

Leg Ulcers and Problems of the Lower Limb: An Holistic Approach

Academic journal article Research and Theory for Nursing Practice

Leg Ulcers and Problems of the Lower Limb: An Holistic Approach

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Leg Ulcers and Problems of the Lower Limb: An Holistic Approach Edited by Ellie Lindsay and Richard White. Aberdeen, UK: HealthComm UK Limited (www.healthcomm-uk.com), 2007, 260 pp., £24.99 (softcover)

This slim, softcover book is the most recent addition to growing international evidence-based literature about the management of chronic leg conditions such as ulcers. Generated from the highly successful practice innovation of Leg Clubs in the UK, a socioeconomic model of care delivery in nonmedical group settings for people with chronic leg wound problems, the book is an invaluable resource for clinical practice in this area. Contributors include clinicians and researchers from several health care disciplines in addition to nursing, from the UK and Australia who have taken the core principles of the original Leg Club model and extended and enhanced it to suit local contexts. In 3 sections and 20 chapters the authors cover the patient-centered approach to leg wound care, the basics of the theory-practice-research relationship and practical issues in clinical leg wound care.

Strengths of the book are the sensitive approach to assessing and understanding the social stigma of leg wounds and the effect of such conditions on body image and quality of life, the solid underpinnings of theory and research informing practice and improving patient outcomes, and clear management guidance. …

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