The Swedish national quality Registry of Ulcer Treatment (RUT): How can 'RUT' inform outcome measurement for people diagnosed with venous leg ulcers in Australia?

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Abstract

Chronic venous disorders are increasingly being recognised as a health care priority in the Western world. The burden of venous ulceration is growing due to increased prevalence of venous disease, diabetes and obesity. A wide variety of health professional specialities are responsible for the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of venous leg ulcers (VLUs). Each discipline may have a different approach to preventing, diagnosing and treating venous disease depending on their practice, experience and training. Best practice treatment of VLUs is a firm compression bandage to aid venous return. Variability in clinical practice and variable quality of care as well as lack of standard guideline implementation and compliance can affect VLU healing outcomes. Monitoring patterns and quality of care for people diagnosed with VLUs with a national quality registry has been shown to improve quality outcomes for people in Sweden. This article outlines the positive healing outcomes from the Swedish Registry of Ulcer Treatment (RUT) and offers some reflections about how this learning can be applied to the Australian setting.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)74 - 77
Number of pages4
JournalWound Practice & Research
Volume22
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2014

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