Description of impactUniversity of Aberdeen research has directly impacted on clinical practice with regard to the treatment of varicose veins. The University's Health Services Research Unit (HSRU) developed and validated the Aberdeen Varicose Vein Questionnaire (AVVQ), which allows patients to self-assess the severity of their varicose veins. Current national and international guidelines now recommend that as part of the assessment of outcome for patients with varicose veins, patients' self-assessment of their veins be routinely undertaken — with the AVVQ the most commonly recommended measure. The Department of Health in England also mandated the use of the AVVQ and all patients in England are now required to complete the AVVQ before and after treatment. Results from these questionnaires are being used by individual NHS providers to assess the quality of their care, to improve their services, and for planning and commissioning of services nationwide.
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