Quality of nursing care from the perspective of patients with leg ulcers

J Wound Care. 2010 Sep;19(9):388-95. doi: 10.12968/jowc.2010.19.9.78222.


Objective: To investigate and analyse the quality of nursing care in a primary care setting from the perspective of patients with leg ulcers and determine the subjective importance that patients attach to various aspects of quality of care.

Method: All of the patients with leg ulcers at 15 primary care centres in the south east of Sweden were invited to participate. They were given the short version of the Quality from the Patient's Perspective questionnaire (QPP) to fill in. This included a number of closed and open questions relating to their perceptions of the quality of their nursing care and the importance of this care to them.

Results: Overall, the patients in this study perceived that the quality of nursing care was high. However, important areas for improvement were revealed, including the need for an increase in patient-focused care, continuity of care and better pain relief.

Conclusion: To address the weak points highlighted by the study, we recommend that nurses explore patient perceptions of pain in greater detail and invite patients take a more active role in the management of their leg ulcers.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Attitude to Health*
  • Chi-Square Distribution
  • Clinical Competence
  • Female
  • Health Services Needs and Demand
  • Humans
  • Leg Ulcer / complications
  • Leg Ulcer / nursing*
  • Leg Ulcer / psychology*
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Nursing Care* / organization & administration
  • Nursing Care* / psychology
  • Nursing Evaluation Research
  • Nursing Methodology Research
  • Pain / etiology
  • Pain / prevention & control
  • Primary Health Care / organization & administration
  • Qualitative Research
  • Quality of Health Care / organization & administration*
  • Statistics, Nonparametric
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Sweden