Karen Harte 108773823 UCC
Chronic leg ulcer is a condition of long duration, affecting a substantial percentage of the
Irish population (O‟Brien
2000), predominantly in the elderly (Ebbeskog &Ekman 2001). It is a condition of long duration, with individuals suffering fromcycles of ulceration, healing and re-ulceration (Chase
1997). Much of theresearch has been directed towards developing effective treatment strategies such ascompression therapy and guidelines for assessment (Walshe 1995). Studies have alsoreported some decreased quality of life in these individuals, predominantly because of pain, impaired mobility, malodour and exudate (Ebbeskog & Ekman 2001, Douglas2001). However, less attention has been directed towards how leg ulcers affect
patient‟s psychological health and this is reflected in current management of leg
ulceration, as it focuses on wound healing.Section one of this proposal will examine the research exploring how chronic leg
ulcer impact on a patient‟s psyc
hological health, with emphasis on the restrictionsimposed on these individuals, in relation to the physical experience and thepsychological impacts of the chronic leg ulcer. Section two will detail the proposedresearch methodology to undertake a study to explore How Chronic leg Ulcers impact
on individual‟s psychological health in Ireland.
As there is a limited understanding of this issue, this study will enhance the body of knowledge, as treatment should be
based on research. “As practice disciplines,
nursing and midwifery are particularlyconcerned with developing knowledge to guide practice and to improve the health andwell-
being of those they serve” (
Polit & Beck 2004, cited by An Bord Altranais 2007p.6).