Table 2

Resources used and time loss due to leg ulcers during the first year of follow-up
4LB (n = 215) SSB (n = 209) Difference*
Mean (SD) Mean (SD)
Number of nursing visits 28.25 (24.16) 32.64 (24.07) −14%
Total nursing time (hour) 15.90 (13.28) 18.48 (15.63) −14%
Total number of bandages used 24.04 (24.54) 11.64 (10.07) 107%
Health services used
Family doctor visits 0.284 (0.790) 0.368 (0.857) −23%
Specialist visits 0.019 (0.135) 0.081 (0.402) −77%
Hospital visits 0.005 (0.068) 0.014 (0.119) −64%
Emergency room visits 0.260 (0.087) 0.411 (1.603) −37%
Lost work hours 1.14 (6.09) 1.24 (5.29) −8%

Abbreviations: 4LB: four-layer bandage. SSB: short-stretch bandage. SD: standard deviation. Notes:*(4LB mean - SSB mean), expressed as percentages of the SSB mean. Total number of visits per participant. Total number of hours missed work due to leg ulcer per participant.

Pham et al.

Pham et al. BMC Health Services Research 2012 12:346   doi:10.1186/1472-6963-12-346

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