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Oliver R Herber*, Wilfried Schnepp and Monika A Rieger
Corresponding author: Oliver R Herber Oliver.Herber@uni-wh.de
Health and Quality of Life Outcomes 2007, 5:44 doi:10.1186/1477-7525-5-44
Oliver, Rudolf Herber
(2008-01-22 11:09) University of Witten/Herdecke
While we welcome any constructive criticism to improve the quality of our systematic
review, we were somewhat disappointed to observe that our review has not been read
carefully enough. Franks demurs the missing of too many of his studies which unfortunately,
however, did not meet our inclusion criteria as stated in the method section. There
it says that articles were excluded if they investigated the impact of specific treatments
(e.g. bandaging systems) or settings (e.g. leg ulcer clinics) on QoL. The rationale
for doing this can be found in the discussion section under the heading “Weaknesses
and strengths of this review”.
I am the principle author of the review.
(2007-07-27 14:14) Thames Valley University
While I applaud the notion of a systematic review of quality of life in leg ulceration,
I was disappointed to observe just one paper from our research team had made it into
the review. While systematic reviews are by definition systematic, they are not necessarily
as inclusive as they could be. We have been working in this area for a number of
years and have published widely. I suggest the authors should look at their search
strategy as it is clearly not able to pick ours (and other) key studies. For your
reference the folliowing papers have appeared in peer reviewed journals:
Franks PJ, Moffatt CJ, Oldroyd M, Bosanquet N, Connolly M, Greenhalgh RM,
McCollum CN (1994) “Community leg ulcer clinics: Effect on quality of life.”
Phlebology 9 (2): 83-86.
Franks PJ, Bosanquet N, Brown D, Straub J, Harper DR, Ruckley CV (1999)
“Perceived health in a randomised trial of treatment for chronic venous ulceration.”
Eur. J. Vasc. Endovasc. Surg. 17 (2): 155-159.
Franks PJ, Moffatt CJ, Connolly M, Fielden S, Ellison DA, Groarke L, McCollum CN (1999).
“Quality of life in venous ulceration: a randomised trial of two bandage systems.”
Phlebology 14 (3): 95-99.
Franks PJ, Moffatt CJ (2001)
“Health related quality of life in patients with venous ulceration: use of the
Nottingham Health Profile.”
Quality of Life Research 10 (8): 693-700.
Franks PJ, McCullagh L, Moffatt CJ (2003)
“Assessing quality of life in patients with chronic leg ulceration using the
Medical Outcomes Short Form-36 questionnaire.”
Ostomy/ Wound Management. 49 (2): 26-37.
Franks PJ, Moody M, Moffatt CJ, Patton J, Bradley L, Chaloner D, Stevens J, Stevens
J, Lewis C. (2004). “Quality of life in a trial of short stretch versus four
layer bandaging in the management of chronic venous ulceration.”
Phlebology 19 (2): 87-91
Franks PJ, Moffatt CJ, Doherty DC, Smithdale R, Martin R (2006)
“Longer term changes in quality of life in chronic leg ulceration.”
Wound Repair & Regeneration: 14; 536-541
Franks PJ, Moffatt CJ (2006). Do clinical and social factors predict quality of life
in leg ulceration? Int J Low Extrem Wounds.: 5 (4). 236-43
Hareendran A, Doll H, Wild DJ, Moffatt CJ, Musgrove E, Wheatley C, Franks PJ (2007).
“The Venous Leg Ulcer Quality of Life (VLU-QoL) questionnaire: Development and
Psychometric Validation.” Wound Repair & Regeneration. 15(4); 465-473
I have authored a number of papers on quality of life in leg ulceration that have
not appeared in the systematic review
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