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J Wound Care. 2004 Mar;13(3):90-2.

Factors influencing concordance with compression stockings after venous leg ulcer healing.

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Clinical Trials Research Unit, University of Auckland, New Zealand.



To investigate the factors influencing patient concordance with compression stockings after venous leg ulcer healing.


In 2001 patients discharged from a specialist leg ulcer service in New Zealand were approached to participate in a structured interview about their use of compression stockings in the first six months following venous leg ulcer healing. Univariate analyses were performed to identify significant associations between factors and stocking use. Multiple logistic regression was employed to model the factors associated with frequency of stocking use.


A total of 163 patients were identified, of whom 129 (79%) agreed to participate. Sixty-seven (52%) reported wearing stockings every day for the first six months after their ulcers had healed, 21 (16%) stated that they had worn the most days, seven (5%) had worn them occasionally and 29 (22%) had not worn them at all after their ulcer had healed. Five (4%) did not provide data. Two factors distinguished those who wore stockings from those who did not 75% of the time: the belief that wearing stockings was worthwhile and the belief that stockings were uncomfortable to wear. Commonly cited factors, such as age, sex, difficulty in applying stockings and cosmetic appearance were not significantly related to stocking use. Cost did not seem to influence the decision to purchase compression stockings.


Many factors previously thought to influence concordance appear to have little impact on compression-stocking use in people whose venous leg ulcers had healed.

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