Leg Clubs - Beyond the ulcers : case studies based on participatory action research

Shuter, Patricia, Finlayson, Kathleen, Edwards, Helen, Courtney, Mary, Herbert, Cheryl, & Lindsay, Ellie (2011) Leg Clubs - Beyond the ulcers : case studies based on participatory action research. Wound Practice and Research, 19(1), pp. 16-20.

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Based on Participatory Action Research (PAR), the case studies in this paper examine the psychosocial benefits and outcomes for clients of community based Leg Clubs. The Leg Club model was developed in the United Kingdom (UK) to address the issue of social isolation and non-compliance to leg ulcer treatment. Principles underpinning the Leg Club are based on the Participatory Action Framework (PAR) where the input and involvement of participants is central. This study identifies the strengths of the Leg Club in enabling and empowering people to improve the social context in which they function. In addition it highlights the potential of expanding operations that are normally clinically based (particularly in relation to chronic conditions) but transferable to community settings in order that that they become “agents of change” for addressing such issues as social isolation and the accompanying challenges that these present, including no-compliance to treatment.

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ID Code: 52533
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Leg Clubs, leg ulcers, peer support, social integration
ISSN: 1837-6304
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2012 Australian Wound Management Association
Deposited On: 19 Jul 2012 06:31
Last Modified: 06 Dec 2012 02:28

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