Evid Based Nurs 10:55 doi:10.1136/ebn.10.2.55
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Moderate and high elastic compression hosiery did not differ statistically for recurrence of venous ulceration at 5 years

 Q What is the relative effectiveness of high compression (class 3) and moderate compression (class 2) hosiery for prevention of venous ulcer recurrence?



randomised controlled trial.


concealed (although concealment was potentially compromised in the allocation of 2 patients).


blinded {data analysts}.*

GraphicFollow up period:

5 years.


leg ulcer clinics at 2 hospitals in Scotland, UK.


300 patients (mean age 64 y, 58% women) with newly healed venous leg ulcers defined by clinical, Doppler, or duplex criteria. Exclusion criteria were diabetes, an ankle-brachial pressure index <0.8, or seropositive rheumatoid arthritis.


151 patients were allocated to moderate compression (18–24 mm Hg at the ankle) with class 2 graduated knee or thigh length compression hosiery (Jobst, BSN Medical, Hull or Medi, Medi, Hereford, UK), and 149 patients were allocated …

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