PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to evaluate patients' knowledge of chronic venous disease, venous ulcer occurrence and recurrence, and self-care at baseline, immediately following, 2, and 9 weeks after an educational intervention. SUBJECTS AND SETTING: The study sample comprised 30 patients diagnosed with venous ulcers. The research setting was an outpatient facility specializing in wound care located in South Florida; the educational intervention occurred in subjects' homes. DESIGN: Single group before and after intervention research design. METHODS: Patients diagnosed with a fi rst-time venous ulcer were assessed regarding their disease and self-care knowledge. Assessments were completed at baseline, immediately following an educational intervention, and during 2-and 9-week follow-up home visits. In addition to evaluating patient knowledge, wound healing (evaluated by the treating nurse or reported by the patient) was assessed at 2-and 9-week follow-up and wound recurrence was assessed at 9-week follow-up. RESULTS: The educational intervention resulted in a statistically signifi cant increase in knowledge scores (P =.002). This change persisted when patients were evaluated during 2-and 9-week follow-up visits (P =.003). In addition, half of patients who completed the educational intervention remained free of recurrence when evaluated at 9 weeks. CONCLUSION: Results suggest that patient education related to venous ulcers improves knowledge regarding the disease process and self-care and reduces recurrence when measured at 9 weeks postintervention.