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Decision-making on the use of compression hosiery and compression bandaging: a systematic review.

Ferguson, Gregor; Baguley, Fiona


Gregor Ferguson

Fiona Baguley


This systematic literature review was carried out by a final-year nursing student in response to clinical experience, and to understand the rationale and evidence around managing venous ulcers. In the student's clinical experience, the two most commonly used treatment methods were forms of compression hosiery and compression bandaging. The CINAHL, Science Direct, Cochrane Library, Internurse and MEDLINE databases were searched for literature published over the period 2003–2023. From the resulting five papers, five key themes were identified: types of compression systems used and the rationale for decision-making; clinical effectiveness; the impact on patient experience and quality of life; pain levels following application of compression systems; and cost effectiveness. Management and prevention of venous ulceration is complex. The decisions should be made in partnership with the patient and will be influenced by context. Overall, compression hosiery was identified as the more favourable system.


FERGUSON, G. and BAGULEY, F. 2024. Decision-making on the use of compression hosiery and compression bandaging: a systematic review. British journal of community nursing [online], 29(Sup 3), pages S20-S25. Available from:

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Oct 1, 2023
Online Publication Date Mar 13, 2024
Publication Date Mar 31, 2024
Deposit Date Mar 28, 2024
Publicly Available Date Sep 14, 2024
Journal British journal of community nursing
Print ISSN 1462-4753
Electronic ISSN 2052-2215
Publisher Mark Allen Healthcare
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 29
Issue Sup3
Pages S20-S25
Keywords Compression therapy; Lower limb venous ulceration; Evidence-based clinical practice; Nurse education; Mixed-methods systematic review
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