Leg Clubs® - Beyond the ulcers Case studies based on participatory action research

Shuter, P.; Finlayson, K.; Edwards, H.; Courtney, M.; Herbert, C.; Lindsay, E.
March 2011
Wound Practice & Research;Mar2011, Vol. 19 Issue 1, p16
Academic Journal
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 (PAF) where the input and involvement of participants is central. This paper reports on a study carried out concurrently with a randomised controlled trial (RCT) and 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 non-compliance to treatment.


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