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Healthcare 2014, 2(3), 324-337; doi:10.3390/healthcare2030324

Sustaining Behavior Changes Following a Venous Leg Ulcer Client Education Program

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La Trobe University Alfred Health Clinical School, Level 4, The Alfred Centre, 99 Commercial Road, Prahran, VIC 3181, Australia
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RDNS Institute, 31 Alma Road, St. Kilda, VIC 3182, Australia
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Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, School of Nursing an Midwifery, Monash University, Peninsula Campus, McMahons Rd., Frankston, VIC 3199, Australia
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Received: 16 April 2014 / Revised: 18 August 2014 / Accepted: 22 August 2014 / Published: 4 September 2014
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Wound Care)
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Abstract

Venous leg ulcers are a symptom of chronic insufficiency of the veins. This study considered the sustainability of behavior changes arising from a client focus e-Learning education program called the “Leg Ulcer Prevention Program” (LUPP) for people with a venous leg ulcer. Data from two related studies were used to enable a single sample (n = 49) examination of behavior maintenance across an average 8 to 9 months period. Physical activity levels increased over time. Leg elevation, calf muscle exercises, and soap substitute use were seen to fluctuate over the follow up time points. The use of a moisturizer showed gradual decline over time. The provision of a client-focused venous leg ulcer program was associated with behavior changes that had varied sustainability across the evaluation period. View Full-Text
Keywords: chronic disease; venous leg ulcer; wound; self-management; health behaviors; behavior change chronic disease; venous leg ulcer; wound; self-management; health behaviors; behavior change
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Miller, C.; Kapp, S.; Donohue, L. Sustaining Behavior Changes Following a Venous Leg Ulcer Client Education Program. Healthcare 2014, 2, 324-337.

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