Cohort study evaluating pressure ulcer management in clinical practice in the UK following initial presentation in the community: costs and outcomes

Objectives The aim of this study was to estimate the patterns of care and annual levels of healthcare resource
use attributable to managing pressure ulcers (PUs) in clinical practice in the community by the UK’s National
Health Service (NHS), and the associated costs of patient management.
Methods This was a retrospective cohort analysis of the records of 209 patients identified within a randomly
selected population of 6000 patients with any type of wound obtained from The Health Improvement
Network (THIN) Database, who developed a PU in the community and excluded hospital-acquired PUs. Patients’
characteristics, wound-related health outcomes and healthcare resource use were quantified over 12 months
from initial presentation, and the corresponding total NHS cost of patient management was estimated at 2015/2016

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BMJ Open: first published as 10.1136/bmjopen-2018-021769 on 25 July 2018. Downloaded from on October 27, 2023  ;Julian F Guest,1,2 Graham W Fuller,1 Peter Vowden,3 Kathryn Ruth Vowden3.

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