Validation of a Screening Questionnaire for Chronic Leg Ulcers

Kian Zarchi*, Peter Theut Riis, Christine Graversgaard, Iben M. Miller, Michael Heidenheim, Gregor B.E. Jemec

*Corresponding author af dette arbejde

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The use of a validated screening questionnaire to identify individuals with chronic leg ulcers allows large-scale population-based studies to be conducted that measure and monitor the prevalence of the disease. The aim of this study was to design and validate such a screening questionnaire to identify patients with chronic leg ulcers. A simple 3-item questionnaire was developed at the Department of Dermatology, University Hospital of Zealand, Denmark. In total, 90 patients attending the department's outpatient clinic for dermatological diseases and chronic wounds were included in this study. All included participants completed the questionnaire and were subsequently examined by dermatologists. We found that the constructed 3-item questionnaire in this study had a sensitivity and specificity of 95% and 93% and a positive predictive value and negative predictive value of 78% and 95%, respectively. Moreover, we found that the use of the 3-item questionnaire, as compared with a single question, in which the participants were asked whether they currently have a leg ulcer, resulted in significantly higher positive predictive value (+11.6%, P =.035) and specificity (+5.6%, P =.046) of the diagnostic test. Future studies are merited to investigate the diagnostic accuracy of the questionnaire in other populations and settings.

Sider (fra-til)320-324
Antal sider5
TidsskriftInternational Journal of Lower Extremity Wounds
Udgave nummer4
StatusUdgivet - 1 dec. 2016


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