Feelings of powerlessness in patients with venous leg ulcers

Feelings of powerlessness in patients with venous leg ulcers

Author Salomé, Geraldo Magela Google Scholar
Openheimer, Diego Guimarães Google Scholar
Almeida, Sergio Aguinaldo de Google Scholar
Bueno, Maria de Lourdes Guarnieri Barbosa Google Scholar
Dutra, Rosimar Aparecida Alves Google Scholar
Ferreira, Lydia Masako Autor UNIFESP Google Scholar
Institution Sapucai Valley Univ UNIVAS
Univ Vale Sapucai
Universidade Federal de São Paulo (UNIFESP)
Abstract Objective: To assess feelings of powerlessness in patients with venous leg ulcers.Method: An exploratory, descriptive, analytic, cross-sectional study was conducted at the Plastic Surgery Outpatient Clinic of the Sao Paulo Hospital (HSP) and at the Outpatient Wound-Care Clinic of the Sorocaba Hospital Complex (CHS), Brazil, from May 2010 to April 2012. Sixty patients with venous leg ulcers (VLUs), of both sexes, aged 18 years, from the two outpatient wound-care clinics were selected to participate in the study.All participants responded to the Powerlessness Assessment Tool (PAT) for adult patients. Statistical analysis was performed using the Chi-square test, Mann-Whitney U test and Kruskal-Wallis test at a significance level of 5% (p<0.05).Results: Forty-four (73%) patients were women and 38 (63%) were aged 61-70 years. Eight (13%) patients were alcoholics and 46 (77%) were smokers.Thirty-two (53%) patients had aVLU for more than 10 years; the ulcer area ranged from 11-20 cm(2) in 19 (32%) patients and was >30 cm(2) in 18 (30%) patients. Mean total PAT score was 47.83 +/- 7.99 and ranged from 51-60 for 31(52%) patients and from 41-50 for 19(32%) patients.Conclusion: Most patients with venous leg ulcers reported high PAT scores, revealing the presence of strong feelings of powerlessness.
Keywords emotions
quality of life
leg ulcer
varicose ulcer
Language English
Date 2013-11-01
Published in Journal Of Wound Care. London: Ma Healthcare Ltd, v. 22, n. 11, p. 628-+, 2013.
ISSN 0969-0700 (Sherpa/Romeo, impact factor)
Publisher Ma Healthcare Ltd
Extent 230-236
Origin http://dx.doi.org/10.12968/jowc.2013.22.11.628
Access rights Closed access
Type Article
Web of Science ID WOS:000327102700008
URI http://repositorio.unifesp.br/11600/44795

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