Research Article

Chronic ulceration of the leg: extent of the problem and provision of care.

Br Med J (Clin Res Ed) 1985; 290 doi: (Published 22 June 1985) Cite this as: Br Med J (Clin Res Ed) 1985;290:1855
  1. M J Callam,
  2. C V Ruckley,
  3. D R Harper,
  4. J J Dale


    A postal survey in two health board areas in Scotland, encompassing a population of about one million, identified 1477 patients with chronic ulcers of the leg. Women outnumbered men by a ratio of 2.8:1. The median age of the women was 74 and of the men 67. Seventy two (5%) were hospital inpatients, 174 (12%) were managed jointly by the primary care team and outpatient departments, and 1201 (83%) were managed entirely in the community. Efforts to improve the management of chronic ulcers of the leg should focus on primary health care.