Disease knowledge in patients attending a diabetic foot clinic

Disease knowledge in patients attending a diabetic foot clinic

Author Batista, Fabio Autor UNIFESP Google Scholar
Pinzur, Michael S. Google Scholar
Institution Loyola Univ
Universidade Federal de São Paulo (UNIFESP)
Abstract Background: Foot-specific patient education is an essential element of a health system diabetic foot program. Foot-specific patient education must be individualized, because of cognitive deficits in individuals with long-standing diabetes. Methods: Two hundred and two consecutive patients attending diabetic foot specialty clinics were asked to provide demographics and complete a 10-question multiple-choice questionnaire. All attended the clinics because of their high-risk status for the development of diabetic foot infection or ulcers. All received ongoing foot-specific patient education. Results: In spite of this ongoing patient education program, only approximately 80% were able to respond appropriately to simple questions related to the care of their at-risk feet. Conclusion: This simple quality initiative reinforces the notion that patients with diabetes who are at risk for the development of diabetic foot ulcers should receive ongoing foot-specific patient education. This information needs to be constantly reinforced, as retention drops with time.
Keywords diabetes
diabetic foot
foot ulcers
peripheral neuropathy
Language English
Date 2005-01-01
Published in Foot & Ankle International. Seattle: Amer Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Soc, Inc, v. 26, n. 1, p. 38-41, 2005.
ISSN 1071-1007 (Sherpa/Romeo, impact factor)
Publisher Amer Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Soc, Inc
Extent 38-41
Origin https://doi.org/10.1177/107110070502600107
Access rights Closed access
Type Article
Web of Science ID WOS:000226152400007
URI http://repositorio.unifesp.br/11600/43690

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