Journal articlesThe Leg Club Model: promoting the health of patients' lower limbs through collaborative working

The Leg Club Model: promoting the health of patients' lower limbs through collaborative working

01/06/08 | Leg Ulcers | Ellie Lindsay

Traditional methods for treating patients with leg ulcers can result in the reinforcement of the sick role and poor concordance. This article looks at an alternative method for managing problems with patients’ lower limbs – the Leg Club Model. This is an innovative, research-based tool, which places an emphasis on social health, i.e. communication, the prevention of isolation and depression, and the creation of a ‘social’ community within leg ulcer clinics. The author examines the evidence for the Leg Club Model, outlines how it works and discusses some of the resistance that has been encountered.