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Revista da Escola de Enfermagem da USP

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FONSECA, César; FRANCO, Tiago; RAMOS, Ana  and  SILVA, Cláudia. The individual with leg ulcer and structured nursing care intervention: a systematic literature review . Rev. esc. enferm. USP [online]. 2012, vol.46, n.2, pp.480-486. ISSN 0080-6234.

The objective of this study is to identify the nursing interventions for people with venous, arterial or mixed leg ulcers. This study was performed using the EBSCO search engine: CINAHL and MEDLINE yielded results, based on full-text articles published between 2000 and 2010, using the following descriptors: Leg* Ulcer* AND Nurs* AND Intervention*, filtered using a starting question using PICO. At the same time, a search was performed on the National Guideline Clearinghouse, using the same search guidelines. A person-centered intervention increased positive health outcomes, with a range of direct wound care in agreement with the etiology. The following interventions associated with the healing of leg ulcers of any etiology were highlighted: nurse/client treatment relationship, individualization of care and pain monitoring.

Keywords : Leg ulcer; Nursing care; Wound healing.

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