Year : 2021  |  Volume : 8  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 122-124

Compliance with the use of compression stockings, experience from a tertiary center in Oman

Division of Surgery, Vascular Surgery Unit, Sultan Qaboos University Hospital, Al-Khoud, Muscat, Oman

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Edwin Stephen
Division of Surgery, Vascular Surgery Unit, Sultan Qaboos University Hospital, Al-Khoud, Muscat
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DOI: 10.4103/ijves.ijves_70_20

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Objectives: Compression stockings (CSs) are effective in the treatment of chronic venous and lymphatic diseases. Noncompliance with wearing them remains a hindrance to good results. This study aims to quantify the issue of noncompliance and to identify the reasons behind it. Methods: Over a period of 6 months, a set of questionnaire to assess the compliance to CSs was conducted on patients seen during their follow-up visits and of whom CSs were prescribed previously. Results: A total of 50 patients were recruited in this study. Females formed the majority of participants (76%), with a mean age of 42 years. The body mass index of our participants ranged between normal (18%), overweight (52%), and obese (30%). Most (78%) of our patients used CSs, while 22% did not. Duration of use ranged as follows: 40% of the patients used them for <2 weeks, 26% used them for 2–8 weeks, while 30% used them for >8 weeks. 71% of our patients encountered difficulty in finding appropriate CSs. Conclusions: Noncompliance with CSs is a true challenge. The reasons behind it start from difficulty in finding appropriate size/quality, to patient-related characteristics. These need to be frequently assessed by the prescribing doctor and addressed.

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