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PROMs Special Topic, Aberdeen Varicose Vein Questionnaire - 2011-2012

Official statistics
Publication Date:
Geographic Coverage:
Geographical Granularity:
Country, Strategic Health Authorities, Hospital Trusts, Primary Care Trusts, Independent Sector Health Care Providers, Clinical Commissioning Groups
Date Range:
01 Apr 2011 to 31 Mar 2012


Based on final 2011-12 data, first published on 15 October 2013.

The Aberdeen Varicose Vein Questionnaire ('AVVQ') combines into a single score a patient's answers to a number of health questions of particular relevance to varicose veins.

The questionnaire has a section in which the patients can indicate diagrammatically the distribution of their varicose veins. There are also questions relating to the amount of pain experienced; ankle swelling; use of support stockings; interference with social and domestic activities and the cosmetic aspects of varicose veins.

The score is a value from 0 to 100, where 0 is 'best' and 100 is 'worst'.

Key Facts

For the coverage period April 2011 to March 2012

  • Overall, 83.1% per cent of varicose vein respondents recorded an improvement in their score between their pre- and post-operative questionnaires.

  • On average, the difference between pre- and post-operative was 7.9 points of improvement.

  • 8.0 per cent of respondents recorded no problems post operatively compared to almost none (0.1 per cent) before treatment.

  • The chart below shows the distribution of pre- and post-operative scores.

Chart 1

  • Even pre-operatively, 75 per cent of respondents scored in the 'best' 26% of the scale and 95 per cent in the 'best' 41 per cent of the scale. This meant that there was a limited scope for patients to show recorded improvement (further analysis is presented in the Procedural Analysis section of the annual publication - find out more.)


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