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Gerokomos

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PRADO FIRMINO, Mariane Roberta do et al. Prevalence of leg ulcers in southern Brazil. Gerokomos [online]. 2013, vol.24, n.4, pp.179-183. ISSN 1134-928X.  http://dx.doi.org/10.4321/S1134-928X2013000400006.

Introduction: the lack of epidemiological data about leg ulcers in Brazil justifies this study. So, the aim of that research was to estimate the prevalence of leg ulcers. Methods: epidemiological prevalence study, by conglomerates, performed at Bandeirantes city - PR, Brazil, between August-November 2012. Results: 1,499 individuals participated on the study. Prevalence was 6/1,000 persons, with major occurrence between women and elder people. Discussion: Prevalence found was higher than other studies like those preformed in Spain and Portugal, and the profile of the people was very similar to literature.

Keywords : Nursing; leg ulcers; epidemiology; prevalence.

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