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Angiology. 1997 Jan;48(1):67-9.

Socioeconomic impact of chronic venous insufficiency and leg ulcers.

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Department of the Vascular Unit, Royal Infirmary, Edinburgh, United Kingdom.


Chronic venous insufficiency affects approximately 5% and chronic leg ulcer approximately 1% of the adult population of developed countries. Not only do recent quality of life studies highlight major disability and social impairment but, since this is a condition characterized by chronicity and relapse, it gives rise to massive health care expenditure amounting in the UK to around Pounds 400 million per annum. Venous disease consumes 1-2% of the health care budgets of European countries. Imprecise disease classifications and codings impede the acquisition of accurate data but there is a compelling need for better quality socioeconomic data concerning this long-neglected health care problem.

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