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Encouraging patients to self-care - the preliminary development and validation of the VeLUSET©, a self-efficacy tool for venous leg ulcer patients, aged 60 years and over

Brown, A and Kendall, S and Flanagan, M and Cottee, M (2014) 'Encouraging patients to self-care - the preliminary development and validation of the VeLUSET©, a self-efficacy tool for venous leg ulcer patients, aged 60 years and over.' International Wound Journal, 11 (3). 326 - 334. ISSN 1742-4801

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Abstract

Venous leg ulceration has a high recurrence rate. Patients with healed or frequently recurring venous ulceration are required to perform self-care behaviours to prevent recurrence or promote healing, but evidence suggests that many find these difficult to perform. Bandura?s self-efficacy theory is a widely used and robust behaviour change model and underpins many interventions designed to promote self-care in a variety of chronic conditions. By identifying areas where patients may experience difficulty in performing self-care, interventions can be developed to strengthen their self-efficacy beliefs in performing these activities successfully. There are currently a variety of self-efficacy scales available to measure self-efficacy in a variety of conditions; but not a disease-specific scale for use with venous ulcer patients. The aim of this study,therefore, was to develop and validate a disease-specific, patient-focused self-efficacy scale for patients with healed venous leg ulceration. This scale will need further validation studies; however, it is ready for use in clinical practice and will enable practitioners to identify those patients who may need additional support in performing self-care activities to prevent recurrence

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Instrument development; Likert scales; Prevention; Recurrence; Self-care; Self-efficacy; Venous leg ulcers
Subjects: R Medicine > RL Dermatology
R Medicine > RT Nursing
Divisions: Faculty of Science and Health > Health and Social Care, School of
Depositing User: Annemarie Brown
Date Deposited: 24 Feb 2014 10:27
Last Modified: 18 Mar 2019 15:15
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/8771

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